The Polish Girl
by Malka Adler
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 06 Sep 2022
Harper 360, One More Chapter
In the eye of the war
That tore the world apart
A mother wants a son
A daughter needs a mother
Winter 1939: Danusha and her family are forced to flee their home when the Nazis invade Poland. Danusha’s mother, Anna, changes her name and secures a position as a housekeeper in a German doctor’s mansion in Kraków where Gestapo meetings are hosted in the kitchen…
Her secret is their salvation, but what Danusha remembers most is the solitude, with only her baby brother and the girl in the mirror for company.
All Anna ever wanted was a firstborn son. All Danusha ever wanted was a mother who would love her like a firstborn son. Instead she got one who could look a Nazi straight in the eye but not into the eyes of her own daughter.
It is only years later, when their neighbours gather in the living room to hear Anna’s stories, that Danusha finally realises her mother was never a cold unknowable sea but a storm-wracked sky – sometimes bright, sometimes dark, and always watching over her.
The Polish Girl is a heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel by the author of international bestseller The Brothers of Auschwitz – perfect for fans of Antonio Iturbe and Edith Eger.
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Average rating from 12 members
This book was difficult to read, not because of the writing style, but the subject matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was thought provoking and intelligently written and something I will definitely recommend to other readers who enjoy world war two stories.
A very memorable historical fiction novel. I enjoyed this book very much, and was incredibly moved by a mother’s strength and love for her child during unfathomable times. Historical fiction novels always affect me so emotionally and this one was no different.
The girl in the mirror.
Harrowing story of a family torn apart by the war and the Nazi invasion of their small Polish town. A mother doing what she must to survive and care for her children even though she must leave one behind to save his life.
A young girl growing up afraid and alone talking to herself in the mirror for company. Hiding, always hiding and living with a constant fear of being found out by the Nazi's.
A woman living and housekeeping for a Nazi officer and hiding that she and her daughter are Jewish. Afraid that someone will find them out. Hoping her son is safe with the family caring for him as it is too dangerous for him to be in the house of the Nazi's.
Danusha feels her mother wanted a son instead of a daughter. She thinks her brother is loved more than her. Finally she realizes , when she listens to her mother tell others her story, that her mother loved them both and was just doing what she could to survive.
It is a story of a desperate mother in one of the worse times in history, a young girl coming of age in unbelievable circumstances and a war that tore everything apart.
It was a well written story and a good read. I would recommend this book.
Thanks to Malka Adler for writing a good story, to Harper Collins UK, Harper 360, One more Chapter for publishing the book and to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to read and review.
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