ROXANNE VELETZOS In Conversation with KRISTIN HARMEL Via Zoom

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Internationally-bestselling author Roxanne Veletzos celebrates the release of her captivating World War II epic, When the Summer Was Ours. Roxanne will be in conversation with New York Times-bestselling writer Kristin Harmel, author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars.


About When the Summer Was Ours"This compulsively readable tale of loss and love during and after the Second World War is a masterpiece ." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author
"A gorgeously written, impeccably researched historical novel, spanning decades and continents, and filled with a richly drawn cast of characters." --Jillian Cantor, USA TODAY bestselling author
This epic World War II tale of star-crossed lovers separated by class, circumstance, and ​tragedy--from the international bestselling author of the "gripping...filled with passion and hope" (Kate Quinn, New York Timesbestselling author) The Girl They Left Behind--explores the impact of war on civilian life and the indestructible resilience of first love.
Hungary, 1943: As war encroaches on the country's borders, willful young Eva César arrives in the idyllic town of Sopron to spend her last summer as a single woman on her aristocratic family's estate. Longing for freedom from her domineering father, she counts the days to her upcoming nuptials to a kind and dedicated Red Cross doctor whom she greatly admires.
But Eva's life changes when she meets Aleandro, a charming and passionate Romani fiddler and artist. With time and profound class differences against them, Eva and Aleandro still fall deeply in love--only to be separated by a brutal act of hatred.
As each are swept into the tides of war, they try to forget their romance. Yet, the haunting memory of that summer will reshape their destinies and lead to decisions which are felt through generations.
From the horrors of the Second World War to the tensions of the 1956 Hungarian uprising and beyond, When the Summer Was Ours is a sweeping story about the toll of secrets, the blurred lines between sacrifice and obsession, and the endurance of the human spirit.
 
About The Forest of Vanishing StarsParade "Best Books of Summer" pick * Real Simple summer reading pick * SheReads "Best WWII Fiction of Summer 2021" pick
The New York Times bestselling author of the "heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism" ( P eople The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis--until a secret from her past threatens everything.
After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what's happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest--and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.
Inspired by incredible true stories of survival against staggering odds, and suffused with the journey-from-the-wilderness elements that made Where the Crawdads Sing a worldwide phenomenon, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author whose writing has been hailed as "sweeping and magnificent" (Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author), "immersive and evocative" ( Publishers Weekly), and "gripping" ( Tampa Bay Times).
Event date: 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual Event-Via Zoom
Pacific Standard Time
San Francisco, CA
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