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The cut out girl

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WINNER OF THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2018WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street 'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times Book of the Week The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien's story too. This is an astonishing, moving reckoning with a young girl's struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.'Deeply moving. Van Es writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement' Guardian

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Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0241284996
ISBN-13:
9780241284995
Publisher:
Fig Tree

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WINNER OF THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2018WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street 'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times Book of the Week The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien's story too. This is an astonishing, moving reckoning with a young girl's struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.'Deeply moving. Van Es writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement' Guardian

Condition:
As new
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0241284996
ISBN-13:
9780241284995
Publisher:
Fig Tree

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