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The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: format-paper, 2019-shelf, 2019-favorites, favorites

My favorite fiction book of the year. Simply amazing. I had the privilege of meeting Hoffman at the MJCCA Book Festival in November. She's just as charming and personable as you'd want - and she's a knitter (in my world, that makes her practically perfect!)

Hoffman says she's never read a Holocaust novel, but was drawn to write one to "find light" in response to the "dark time" of 2016. I've read many Holocaust novels and I learned something new about the French resistance in this one (Hoffman did extensive research in France).

I loved the way Hoffman used magical realism (even creating a female golem) to explore the real emotional aspects of love, loss and survivorship.
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Reading Progress

October 31, 2019 – Shelved
October 31, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
October 31, 2019 – Shelved as: format-paper
October 31, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-shelf
November 1, 2019 – Started Reading
November 9, 2019 – Finished Reading
December 26, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-favorites
December 27, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites

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