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The Lost Letter

July 2017 book selection

The Lost Letter

by Jillian Cantor

July 5, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Memories can be beautiful, or very sad, but losing memory is a real tragedy.  Along with many other poignant parts of the book, The Lost Letter, by Jillian Cantor, memory loss, through Alzheimer's is a theme that runs throughout the story. Years after the 1938 horror in Austria, where so many Jews Lost both their their livelihoods and their lives, a young woman in Los Angeles is trying to solve a mystery of a letter  and a stamp and the unraveling mind of her father. Helped by a new friend, who is also a philatelist she embarks on a journey of many miles and many emotions.  Join us to discuss this journey, Tuesday, July 11 at either 2pm or 6pm, in our Community Room. 

June 28, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

How many of us collected stamps as children? The art of engraving stamps, is just that, an art.  It also can be, at the right time, a life saver.  Our July selection for CapRadio Reads is Jillian Cantor's new book The Lost Letter.  Starting out in 1938, a particularly terrible part of the history of Austria, we meet Kristoff, an 18 year old apprentice to Frederick Faber, a Jewish stamp engraver. Kristoff is welcomed into the Faber family and forms a very special bond with them.  As the year goes on, the threat from the Nazi's becomes more real and more dangerous.  The engraving art becomes a life line for Jews trying to flee the country.  Our story really begins with this.  Please join us to discuss this wonderfully researched and written novel, Tuesday, July 11 at either 2pm or 6pm.

June 21, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

When Jillian Cantor sets about writing a novel, she first puts hours and days into researching her subject.  This was evident in her novel, The Hours Count, which we read last year.  Her new novel, The Lost Letter has required even more exacting research.  This time we are taken to Austria, in 1938, just after Kristalnacht.  Along with the atrocities of the Nazi's we also learn a bit about stamp engraving and how it relates to the forging of "papers" by the resistance.  We are introduced to sympathetic characters and a very interesting storyline that will cover more than 40 years.  Please join us on July 11th at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room for a face to face conversation about this interesting book.

June 13, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

We hope those of you who joined us for the John Lescroart event enjoyed the evening.  We are moving from San Francisco to Europe for our July read.  Jillian Cantor's latest book,  The Lost Letter will be our choice for our Face to Face meetings to be held July 11th at 2pm and 6pm in our Community Room.  The story travels between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989. Kristoff, is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. 

In 1989, in Los Angeles, Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, the two stories collide.

Please join us to discuss this well written, and compelling story.