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Mischling
by Affinity Konar

Published: 2016-09-06
Hardcover : 344 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
An Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
One of the 21 Must-Read Books for Fall--Elle
One of the 21 Incredible Books You Need to Read This Fall--Buzzfeed
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A New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
An Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
One of the 21 Must-Read Books for Fall--Elle
One of the 21 Incredible Books You Need to Read This Fall--Buzzfeed
A Most-Anticipated Book of Fall 2016--Wall Street Journal
A Fall 2016 Must-Read Novel--Entertainment Weekly

"One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II.

Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past.

Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad.

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood.

As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks--a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin--travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, MISCHLING defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of September 2016: It’s not easy picking up a book involving Auschwitz’s infamous “Angel of Death.” But once you pick up Affinity Konar’s Mischling, you will have a very difficult time putting it down. Inspired by the real-life experiences of twins Eva and Miriam Mozes, Konar’s beautifully written and powerful novel imagines what it was like being forced to take part in Josef Mengele’s horrific human experiments. This man, this monster, is not the star of the story though. 12-year-old siblings Pearl and Stasha are, and it is they who convey Mischling’s overarching message, something that is perhaps even more incomprehensible than man’s inhumanity to man: the capacity to forgive it. If Konar is concerned about whether or not these pages honor the memory of the brave souls who agitated against the cruel hand the world dealt them, she should rest easy. And hopefully those souls are too. --Erin Kodicek, The Amazon Book Review

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  "Although I found the ending a bit like a fairytale, the barbarism in the major portion of the book is informative, but very difficult to read."by thewanderingjew (see profile) 12/18/16

Mischling, Affinity Konar, author; Vanessa Johansson, narrator.
The book was set in 1944, and the abomination of Hitler’s Germany was still thriving. At twelve years old, twins Stasha and
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  "Mischling"by [email protected] (see profile) 12/11/16

This is a book might cause various readers to be uncomfortable and reading this story is really can be difficult & horrific. I had to read it in stages. It is a Holocaust story that takes place in Auschwitz... (read more)

 
  "Mischling"by Carolynr (see profile) 09/24/16

Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad.

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha

... (read more)

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