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Alice Hoffman: The World That We Knew

(Fiction, 284 pages, 2019)

Set in Germany and France in the 1940s, a young Lea Kohn finds her way to a renowned rabbi whose daughter, Ettie, creates a mystical golem to protect Lea in her escape to France. The three become enternally entwined in this tale of the power of resistance, perseverance and enduring love in dark times.

Reading group guide from Simon and Schuster

Review by Mary Pols, New York Times, September 24, 2019

Review By Nancy Pate, Star Tribune, September 13, 2019

Kirkus Review

Alice Hoffman shares what inspired her to write the novel (2:00