The Enemy Beside Me

A Novel

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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2024
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin

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Inspired by true events, Naomi Ragen's The Enemy Beside Me is a powerful, provocative novel about two people fighting for reconciliation over unforgivable crimes of the past.

Taking over from her father and grandfather as the head of the Survivor’s Campaign, an organization whose purpose is to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, Milia Gottstein has dedicated her life to making sure the voices of Holocaust victims will never be silenced. It is an overwhelming and heartbreaking mission that has often usurped her time and energy being a wife to busy surgeon Julius, and a mother and grandmother. But now, just as she is finally ready to pass on her work to others, making time for her personal life, an unexpected phone call suddenly explodes all she thought she knew about her present and her future.

In the midst of this personal turmoil, Milia receives an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a Holocaust conference in Lithuania from Dr. Darius Vidas, the free spirited, rebellious conference head. Despite suspecting his motives—she is, after all, viewed as a ‘public enemy’ in that country for her efforts to have them try war criminals and admit their historic responsibility for annihilating almost their entire Jewish community, including her own family—she nevertheless accepts, having developed a secret agenda of her own. But as Milia and Darius begin their mission, shared experiences profoundly alter their relationship, replacing antagonism and suspicion with a growing intimacy. However, this only ramps up the hostile forces facing them, threatening their families, livelihoods, and reputations, and forcing them into shocking choices that will betray all they have achieved and all that has grown between them.

Inspired by true events, Naomi Ragen's The Enemy Beside Me is a powerful, provocative novel about two people fighting for reconciliation over unforgivable crimes of the past.

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Imagine you are me--a voracious reader who also happens to be a librarian. And here it is, mid-May, and you are halfway through a book that you're already realizing is going to be THE best book you read this year. And you finish it knowing that you were right. It WILL be the best book I read this year because it is absolutely amazing in every way that a book can be. It is an eye-opener to some hard truths about Lithuania. It has characters that are fully developed, imperfect, but striving to be the best they can be. And it has wonderful descriptions of people, places, and feelings.

There are passages in this book that will have you breathing with great trepidation. You'll be tempted to go quickly and not dwell on the horrors. But then you'll realize that you must, and you go back and read through it, allowing it all to sink in.

It's a story, but it is also an education. Ragen has outdone herself here and I've read everything she's ever written. This is a masterpiece.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. It is phenomenal.

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