The Lost Wife
Alyson Richman has crafted a powerful love story set in Prague as World War II begins. Lenka, a young art student, falls in love with Josef, who is studying medicine. As the Nazis enter the country, the two marry. Josef and his family flee to America, but Lenka refuses to leave her parents and her sister behind. Her family is sent to Terezin, where she works producing art and technical drawings while dreaming of the husband that she will never see again. Josef becomes a successful obstetrician, but he never forgets the wife that he thought the Nazis killed. Many years later, a chance encounter in New York brings them together and gives them a second chance. This novel, based on the experiences of survivors, is a tribute to the power of memory and the strength of those who survived and used art to bear witness. It includes a reader’s guide.
Reviewer Marcia Posner wrote a readers' theater piece to accompany a book club discussion around The Lost Wife. Marcia explains:
Alyson's book covers one aspect of Terezin; the play fills in the rest of the ghetto history and activity and includes the art department of The Lost Wife, as well.
Download her theater piece here.
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