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Affinity Konar

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Affinity Konar was raised in California. While writing MISCHLING, she worked as a tutor, proofreader, technical writer, and editor of children's educational workbooks. She studied fiction at SFSU and Columbia. She is of Polish-Jewish descent, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

She dearly misses writing about Pearl and Stasha, and is grateful to any reader who might find the company of the twins.

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Affinity Konar I think being a writer justifies being curious, especially as an adult. And my true talent is my curiosity--there's nothing better than using words in…moreI think being a writer justifies being curious, especially as an adult. And my true talent is my curiosity--there's nothing better than using words in unexpected ways, or finding my way towards an image that feels new to me. And of course, there's the opportunity to love someone that you don't know, but someone who may remind you of a person you lost, or a person you hope to meet. I grow too attached to my characters, but it feels like they save me too. (less)
Affinity Konar I'll often write a letter to a friend when I'm stuck and need to write. Part of a "block" is pressure, a panic that feeds panic about not being able…moreI'll often write a letter to a friend when I'm stuck and need to write. Part of a "block" is pressure, a panic that feeds panic about not being able to produce. By writing casually to someone I love, I often find that I'm able to drain the anxiety from the process--words become friendly again. Even when you are writing something that needs to be treated with the utmost gravity, the creative process requires something that feels like a sense of play. This is true for me, at least.
Meditation, and the way of Jodorowsky have also been supremely helpful to me, in both life and writing-life.
When I am at my bottom, I tend to return to what I loved most in childhood--there is nothing like watching a Jim Henson production to return me to a feeling that things may still be possible. (less)
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“Because you had no power over the fact that I was born, you took from me what I was born with—the person who was my love, the half that made me entire—and now I am lessened into this dull thing, a divided person who will live forever, wandering in search of some nothing, some nowhere, some no-feeling, to mend my pain.”
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“Work would never set us free, despite what they'd promised. But beauty? Yes, I thought, beauty might see us past the gates.”
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“It was pathetic of me to try, I know, but I had always believed in the world’s ability to right itself, just like that, with a single kindness.”
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Mrs. Miniver Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther by Jan Struther
The Times columns were short reflections on everyday life, based in part on Struther's own family and experiences. While the columns started out as lighthearted domestic scenes where the outside world barely intruded, the approach of World War II slowly brought darker global concerns into Mrs. Miniver's world. One of the more memorable pieces appears near the middle of the series, where the Minivers get gas masks.
  4 votes 26.7%

City of Thieves City of Thieves by David Benioff by David Benioff
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
  3 votes 20.0%

The One Man The One Man by Andrew Gross by Andrew Gross
1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
  2 votes 13.3%

Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys by Ruta Sepetys
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
  1 vote 6.7%

Lilac Girls Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
  1 vote 6.7%

Broken Angels Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero by Gemma Liviero
A Nazi doctor. A Jewish rebel. A little girl. Each one will fight for freedom—or die trying.
  1 vote 6.7%

Mischling Mischling by Affinity Konar by Affinity Konar
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.
  1 vote 6.7%

Sarah's Key Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
  1 vote 6.7%

War Brides War Brides by Helen Bryan by Helen Bryan
With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.
  1 vote 6.7%

The Safest Place in London The Safest Place in London by Maggie Joel by Maggie Joel
On a frozen January evening in 1944, Nancy Levin, and her three-year-old daughter, Emily, flee their impoverished East London home as an air raid siren sounds. Not far away, 39- year-old Diana Meadows and her own child, three-year-old Abigail, are lost in the black-out as the air raid begins. Finding their way in the jostling crowd to the mouth of the shelter they hurry to the safety of the underground tube station.
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The Winds of War The Winds of War (The Henry Family, #1) by Herman Wouk by Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American.
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Eye of the Needle Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett by Ken Follett
One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.
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