Paper Love

Paper Love

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One womana€™s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory. Years after her grandfathera€™s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled a€œCorrespondence: Patients Aa€“G.a€ What she found inside werena€™t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her familya€™s prewar Vienna. One womana€™s letters stood out: those from Valya€”Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfathera€™s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria. Valya€™s name wasna€™t unknown to hera€”Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. a€œShe was your grandfathera€™s true love, a€ her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valya€™s story. They revealed a woman desperate to escape and clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom. Obsessed with Valya€™s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valya€™s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfathera€™s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.some kind of a fixed point of reference for all my thoughts and feelings. In order to endure all this confusion and not to be swallowed up by it I would need something incontrovertible. You will make me happy if you will write to me that your lastanbsp;...

Title:Paper Love
Author: Sarah Wildman
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-10-30

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