A "Washington Post" Best Book of the Year
An Oprah.com Best Book of the Year
In 1945, on the outskirts of Salzburg, American soldiers discover a train filled with unspeakable riches: gold watches and wedding rings, picture frames and Shabbat candlesticks. Jack Wiseman is the lieutenanttasked with guarding this treasure in the chaotic aftermath of war a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian woman who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust.
Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and charges her with returning it to its owner. And as Natalie searches for the woman whose portrait and unknown fate have come to haunt her, she will come to understand the secret her grandfather took to his grave.
About the Author
Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels "Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, " and "Daughter s Keeper, "as well as of the essay collection "Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace" and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and four children."