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about what it was like launching The Book of Lost Names on the cusp of a global pandemic
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The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982158934
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Gallery Books - July 6th, 2021

I could not put down the latest book by one of our own West Orange hometown authors, Kristin Harmel, which is due out in July. The Forest of Vanishing Stars (Gallery Books, July 6, 2021, $28.00) is about a young girl raised in the forest by an old woman who kidnapped her during the rise of the Nazi party. Kristin was able to achieve a trifecta +during COVID, which served as bookends to what was a crazy year. She released two paperbacks and two new books, all released within a year and all bestsellers.

 

The story is like a fairy tale, the story of a princess, stuck in the proverbial high castle masked as a forest with her identity hidden—part Wonder Woman, where she learned strength and resilience... part Snow White, where she was always protected in woods filled with danger by an old woman, who could somehow see her future as a contributor to the resistance, seemed to be able to magically protect her against all odds... and finally part love story.

 

The story begins in the year 1922 before World War II and a two-year-old Yona is stolen from her German parents by an old woman for reasons that will be revealed.  She is taken into the woods and taught everything she needed to know on how to stay alive and to defend herself, and how to live alone in the woods. After 20 years, the old woman dies, leaving Yona alone in the woods with an incredible revelation.

 

Yona is not familiar with the rise of the Nazi party. She becomes aware that there are people escaping into the woods more frequently. As she becomes less guarded by the refugees and begins to help them, she learns that the Jewish people are being hunted down by the Nazis. She makes the decision to help them survive in the woods.

 

Yona becomes enmeshed with the refugees' lives and becomes important to their survival.  But interaction with others has its consequences and takes Yona on a complicated journey to find herself and learn who she really is. The ending was poetic and left me wanting to understand more. As a side note, Kristin did a great job of explaining the historical background that inspired the book. Hands down, a different spin on the human condition and experiences during the Holocaust.

 

— Lauren Zimmerman


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The Book of Lost Names Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982131906
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Gallery Books - May 25th, 2021

The Summer of Lost and Found (The Beach House) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982148348
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Gallery Books - May 11th, 2021

The Islanders Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534427273
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Aladdin - June 15th, 2021

The Newcomer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250256966
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 4th, 2021

Hello, Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250256928
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 5th, 2020

Under the Southern Sky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982117726
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Published: Gallery Books - April 20th, 2021

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Feels Like Falling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982117702
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Published: Gallery Books - April 28th, 2020

Surviving Savannah Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984803757
Availability: Usually Ships in 7-10 Business Days
Published: Berkley - March 9th, 2021

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: Expanded Edition Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780785218098
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Thomas Nelson - March 24th, 2020

Objects in the Mirror: Thoughts on a Perfect Life from an Imperfect Person Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781645434085
Availability: Usually Ships in 7-10 Business Days
Published: Mascot Books - July 7th, 2020