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World That We Knew
World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites comes Alice Hoffman's darkly magical story of in a heartbreaking time of war when men became monsters, children navigated a world without parents, and women were willing to sacrifice everything for those they loved. In Berlin, at the time when the world changed forever, Hanni Kohn knows she has to send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Turning to an old woman who is familiar with Jewish magic, she finds her way to the daughter of a rabbi who creates a Golem, a mystical Jewish creature sworn to protect Hanni's precious daughter Lea. Lea's journey with the Golem to France is fraught with danger and raw emotion. They travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses, to a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved, to a farm where the bees never forgive. What does it mean to lose your mother? What makes a family? How is it possible to survive cruelty and continue to love? In a life that is as unreal as a fairytale, Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew takes us on a journey of loss and resistance, good and evil, the fantastical and the mortal, to a place where all roads lead past the angel of death and love is never-ending.
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We meet some extraordinary characters that take us on an astonishing journey of love and loss, while demonstrating incredible courage and resilience. Paramount is a mother's love for her daughter and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child. All of this is sprinkled with Hoffman's signature magical realism. She educates and elevates her readers. Hoffman's writing transcends. It is elegant and haunting, and quite simply, stunning.

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Rainy afternoons are meant for great books and cuddles❤️

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She was a thief and a murderess, but she paid her debts and she knew how to love someone.

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If you enjoyed PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE RULES OF MAGIC you will also enjoy THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW. Hoffman puts her twist on the Jewish mystical story of the golem.

My heart was captured by all the main characters – Ettie, Lea, Marianne, Ava, Vincent and Julien. I rejoiced in their raw moments of happiness, loved their moments of tenderness, and had my heart broken several times.

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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic Sharing 4 upcoming novels that I‘m looking forward to reading & reviewing!!! All seem to have a #LustForLife vibe. I‘m especially excited for the Alice Hoffman novel #NetGalley

TrishB I‘m looking forward to the Alice Hoffman one too! 2w
Cathythoughts Books look good. I still need to read Alice Hoffman‘s Dove Keepers ! It‘s on my kindle, must do ! 2w
Cinfhen Alice Hoffman does HF so well @TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘m really hoping this book doesn‘t disappoint 2w
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4thhouseontheleft Ooohhh I didn‘t know Alice Hoffman has a new book coming out! 2w
rohit-sawant The tagged Hoffman book sounds quite interesting! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m really hoping it lives up to my expectations @rohit-sawant @4thhouseontheleft I‘m SUCH a fan of AH 2w
GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhhh!!! One more for the Alice Hoffman train! (Although I need more books to read like I need a hole in the head and they‘re still all over the place .... but still!!! 😂😂😂😂) 2w
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Berlin, 1941. With her husband killed by Nazis and reduced to feeding her daughter a “Hardship Soup” of cabbage and water, Hanni Kohn will do anything to save her Lea, and so she dares to beg the rabbi for a golem, a soulless creature made by man to do his bidding. It is Ettie, the rabbi‘s daughter who obliges, however, propelling three young women forward in a fight for survival that will require sacrifices from them all.

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Soooo excited!! Thank you, #netgalley!

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I have a strange relationship with Alice Hoffman‘s books. This is the 10th book I have read by her. When I look back at my star–ratings, I find that about half of those I thought were “just OK“ but the other half were “phenomenal“. The World That We Knew is a different kind of WWII book. In fact, I would consider this book to be historical/magical realism. It is rife with jewish mysticism, especially as it relates to the being called “the golem“.

Cinfhen I find that‘s true for me as well!! I love her HF but I‘m not so crazzy about her magical realism books. Although when it comes to her Jewish themed novels, she seems to get them right!!! Thanks for posting & sharing ❤️ 1mo
suvata @Cinfhen I am glad that I am not the only one 1mo
TrishB Same here too, The Dovekeepers is one of my fav ever. 1mo
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suvata @TrishB She‘s a great author but I guess just some of her books are not interesting to me. I am sure there are plenty of people who enjoy the ones that I didn‘t. Not every book is for every person. 1mo
minkyb Late to the party but these comments are so true! 4w
suvata @minkyb Never too late - input is always welcome 4w
minkyb I have vivid memories if being devastated reading At Risk so many years ago. So original at the time it was written. 4w
suvata @minkyb I will have to add that to my TBR 4w
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The reason I will always return to Alice Hoffman books is the overwhelming sense of magic, spirituality, and mystique that she evokes. She writes in such descriptive language that it almost feels like poetry. This was an inventive story, and a new way of telling events that we may think we already know.

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for my advanced copy of this loveliness!

Full Review at http://tinyw.in/hHhw

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BeckyMerilatt
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It‘s a WWII story, and so it was heartbreaking. It was beautiful and sad. It was similar to The Dovekeepers in ways - the focus was on the women. It would make a great YA crossover book, I think. Comes out in September.

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I have to read this ARC soon.

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Book 59 of 2019
Another Hoffman that did NOT disappoint!! She said it was based on a true story which only made it better! A great story. Trigger- Holocaust
#ebook #netgalley #arc

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You guys!!! I got approved for the ARC of Alice Hoffman's new book!!! I thought it was an April Fools joke at first!!

SW-T Congratulations! 🎉 2mo
Insightsintobooks I did too awhile ago. Can't wait to hear your thoughts. 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations on your ARC! 😀 2mo
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IndyHannaJones This looks like a great one 2mo
sbains1980 Nice! 2mo
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Head over to Alice Hoffman's instagram to win an ARC of her book!!

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Insightsintobooks
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I've never read Alice Hoffman, so I was excited to get approved for this on #netgalley.

JacqMac Exciting! I haven‘t read a book by her that I didn‘t like. 2mo
Christine Congrats! Great cover. I‘ve been meaning to read her for a while, too. 2mo
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Oh my......Oh my....How will we ever wait until September????

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Cover and title Reveal!!! Alice Hoffman's newest book comes out Sep 24

TrishB Just seen this on fb 😁 3mo
minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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