The Night Travelers

A Novel

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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2023


Four generations of women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution and finally, the fall of the Berlin Wall in this sweeping novel from the bestselling author of the “timely must-read” (People) The German Girl.

Berlin, 1931: Ally Keller, a talented young poet, is alone and scared when she gives birth to a mixed-race daughter she names Lilith. As the Nazis rise to power, Ally knows she must keep her baby in the shadows to protect her against Hitler’s deadly ideology of Aryan purity. But as she grows, it becomes more and more difficult to keep Lilith hidden so Ally sets in motion a dangerous and desperate plan to send her daughter across the ocean to safety.

Havana, 1958: Now an adult, Lilith has few memories of her mother or her childhood in Germany. Besides, she’s too excited for her future with her beloved Martin, a Cuban pilot with strong ties to the Batista government. But as the flames of revolution ignite, Lilith and her newborn daughter, Nadine, find themselves at a terrifying crossroads.

Berlin, 1988: As a scientist in Berlin, Nadine is dedicated to ensuring the dignity of the remains of all those who were murdered by the Nazis. Yet she has spent her entire lifetime avoiding the truth about her own family’s history. It takes her daughter, Luna, to encourage Nadine to uncover the truth about the choices her mother and grandmother made to ensure the survival of their children. And it will fall to Luna to come to terms with a shocking betrayal that changes everything she thought she knew about her family’s past.

Separated by time but united by sacrifice, four women embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of motherly love.
Four generations of women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution and finally, the fall of the Berlin Wall in this sweeping novel from the bestselling...

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Armando Lucas Correa presents us another book set during WWII, including the ill-fated sailing of the St. Louis ship by weaving together facts and story telling through fictional characters in The Night Travelers.

Beginning in Berlin 1931, Ally gives birth to her mixed race baby daughter Lilith, amidst Hitler’s Aryan ideology. Being terribly afraid and careful, Ally makes the difficult decision to send her daughter to safety. Across an ocean, to Cuba.

While the majority of people on the St. Louis ship were denied entry in Cuba and were turned away, only to return across the Atlantic during WWII. Lilith and her family was accepted and disembarked in Cuba.

Fast forwarding to 1958. Germany becomes a distant memory for Lilith and her family forms roots on Cuban soil. Lilith has a baby girl Nadine with her beloved Martin and this stirs more than maternal instincts. Things become precarious when Martin is believed to be involved in the Cuban Revolution. Lilith does everything she can to protect Nadine.

Years later, Nadine eventually returns to Germany, working on piecing together her ancestry. Nadine and her daughter Luna make some shocking discoveries about their family history.

If you have a fond appreciation for understanding WWII and seeing it through a historical fiction lens, this is a recommended read. Not many stories cover the St. Louis sailing, Armando Lucas Correa provides a few books of this particular event, including The Night Travelers. As told through four generations, this book covers a lot of ground, time and journeys. What one would not do for the sake of their family, and their safety. I quite enjoyed this book.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley.

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