Spanning one century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as beloved daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often harrowing life she faces as an adult—a long saga of family, lovers, two world wars, concentration camps, and sacrifice. As the world changes around her, Kläre is forced to make a number of seemingly impossible choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself.Barbara Stark-Nemon did an amazing job of writing a fictional account of her great aunt's past. The writing was amazing, with so much depth. I loved Klare's character and her passion for life. She was always torn between a life of desire and a life of responsibility. The story follows Klare all the way through the World War 2, including the toil that Jewish families faced during the war.
Based on a true story, Even in Darkness highlights the intimate experience of Kläre’s reinvention as she faces the destruction of life as she knew it, and traces her path beyond survival to wisdom, meaning, and—most unexpectedly—love.
The writing was so in-depth that the narrative moved pretty slowly. I struggled sometimes to keep with the story and found that I wanted to flip further into the story so that I could get more action. The book truly is a love letter to Stark-Nemon's family and I am sure that I would have loved the book even more if it was about my own family.
If you are interested in stories based on true life, historical accounts of WWII and a beautiful story of Klare's life, than this is a great book to take your time and savor.
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