The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa

.ePUB, 353 pages
Expected Publication: 10 Jan 2023
By: Atria Books
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About The Book:
Berlin, 1931: Ally Keller, a talented young poet, is alone and scared when she gives birth to a mixed-race daughter she names Lilith. As the Nazis rise to power, Ally knows she must keep her baby in the shadows to protect her against Hitler’s deadly ideology of Aryan purity. But as she grows, it becomes more and more difficult to keep Lilith hidden so Ally sets in motion a dangerous and desperate plan to send her daughter across the ocean to safety. Havana, 1958: Now an adult, Lilith has few memories of her mother or her childhood in Germany. Besides, she’s too excited for her future with her beloved Martin, a Cuban pilot with strong ties to the Batista government. But as the flames of revolution ignite, Lilith and her newborn daughter, Nadine, find themselves at a terrifying crossroads. Berlin, 1988: As a scientist in Berlin, Nadine is dedicated to ensuring the dignity of the remains of all those who were murdered by the Nazis. Yet she has spent her entire lifetime avoiding the truth about her own family’s history. It takes her daughter, Luna, to encourage Nadine to uncover the truth about the choices her mother and grandmother made to ensure the survival of their children. And it will fall to Luna to come to terms with a shocking betrayal that changes everything she thought she knew about her family’s past. Separated by time but united by sacrifice, four women embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of motherly love.

My Review:
I so loved The Daughter's Tale when I read it and was really excited to get this one from NetGalley. I loved this one too for many reasons but mostly because I got to know these women so well and the author made me care for them. This book pulls the reads emotions from the touching, loving feeling of a mother for her daughter to the horror of protecting that daughter from persecution to the point of death. There are a lot of books that cover this topic, yet I found this one to be particularly well-written. The writing is evocative and emotional and nearly poetic, but also heartbreaking, given the topic. The storyline is complex enough to hold attention and the author does a superior job conveying both what people do and why. There is a definite feeling of immersion in the story for me. 

Such a well-written book that keeps your attention to the end, those times were very hard to imagine but Armando Lucas Correa makes it easy to picture it in your head while reading. I was taken to a different time and place. His passion for the subject shines through. I read this emotionally fraught book in a couple of sittings. The story pulls you in and you want to speed read to find out just how it ends and the pace of the story never lets up. It is sad but heartwarming, gut-wrenching at times. The author does an admirable job of putting us in the shoes of all the main characters, helping the reader to understand the lack of choices. The book shows the strength of all the women it portrays. I am still thinking about this book long after I finished it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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