The World That We Knew – Alice Hoffman

The World That We KnewThe world changed for Hanni in 1941. Berlin became a very dark and dangerous place. Hanni knew that her twelve-year-old daughter, Lea, must be sent away. But Lea could not go alone and Hanni must stay with her invalid mother. Desperate, she went to the rabbi for help and was told that the rabbi’s studies must not be disturbed. But his daughter, Ettie, had secretly watched the rabbi and thought of a way to help. So she and Hanni created the golem, a mystical Jewish creature. It was a female golem, instructed to protect Lea from harm. I automatically love anything that Alice Hoffman writes. Her books always include unlikely characters, are always lyrical and beautiful. This is no exception. The harsh reality of the Nazi occupation of France is combined with an almost dreamlike tale of an unusual female golem, and it works beautifully. The story moved me and will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

eGalley review                                                              Publication date 9.24.19

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