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The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer (first published in 2010)

Even though The Invisible Bridge feels a bit over-written at times, it is still a satisfying read, offering an emotional journey into the lives of a Hungarian-Jewish family leading up to and during World War II. Set in Hungary and Paris, there are joys and beauty within the narrative, but it will also break your heart, especially knowing that the story pulls its inspiration from real lives. I left the novel’s pages with a renewed appreciation for all people who are pulled into a war, into events beyond their control.

In the end, what astonished him most was not the vastness of it all — that was impossible to take in, the hundreds of thousands of dead from Hungary alone, and the millions from all over Europe — but the excruciating smallness, the pinpoint upon which every life was balanced. The scale might be tipped by the tiniest of things: the lice that carried typhus, the few thimblefuls of water that remained in a canteen, the dust of breadcrumbs in a pocket. — from The Invisible Bridge

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