Mamas on Bedrest: “The Lost Wife” Our Mamas Bookclub Read for November

October 21st, 2012

Hello Mamas!

Our Mamas Bookclub read for November is The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. I am posting the bookclub selection a bit early because we’ll have our discussion one week earlier in November because of Thanksgiving.  Discussion will be, as always, on our Facebook Page the week of November 11, 2012.

I received this title along with a list of other titles in my inbox recently. I am not sure if news got out that we are holding a bookclub or exactly why the list of titles was sent, but I found it providential that a list of seemingly great titles was e-mailed to me right when I was about to begin searching for our next title.

We’re moving into full fledged novels now. Enough with the non-fiction commentary. I’d say that we are one and one; I think we did well with Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott, but I feel that we struck out with You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark. You can still comment on those titles on their respective blog pages. But I am ready for something meaty, something that will fully engross me, something that I won’t be able to put down. Quite frankly, all of  the books on the list that I received fit that bill, but The Lost Wife captivated me, so it’s first up. Below is the Amazon.com description,

“In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.”

My understanding from the reviews is that there are some fairly graphic descriptions of life in the concentration camps in Czechoslovakia and Auschwitz. While the scenes are not described as gory, they are described as vivid and provocative of mental/visual images and I realize that this may make many mamas uncomfortable-especially those with family ties to the Holocaust atrocities. My apologies in advance if anyone is offended or has strong reactions to the book. My hope is that we will all have a chance to read a really good story about love and loss that although fictitious, occurred in our recent history.

As always, you can get the book from your local library, book consignment stores or online. The book is available digitally for immediate download to the Kindle or Nook. If you do decide to order from Amazon.com, Here is our link. Please help us out by purchasing via our Amazon aStore.  We do receive a small “referral” fee that helps us with web-hosting for this website full of free content for mamas.

So enjoy reading The Lost Wife and I look forward to hearing your comments and any suggestions you may have for future reads!

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