Virtual Chat with Author Monica Hesse
Join us safely online for a virtual chat with lovely, local author Monica Hesse and bookseller and reviewer Sandie Chen to celebrate Monica's new book They Went Left. Event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required (click the ticket link below) in order to receive the log in information! Book, signed book plate, and ticket option available as well!
About the Book
A tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, the bestselling and award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat.
Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else--her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja--they went left.
Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.
But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her--or help her rebuild her world.
About the Author
Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire, and The War Outside, as well as a columnist at The Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.
About the Conversation Partner
Sandie Angulo Chen is the founder of Teen Lit Rocks and the editor the collaborative local blog The DC Moms. A senior critic for Common Sense Media, Sandie has written movie and book reviews, celebrity profiles and entertainment features for The Washington Post, Kirkus, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Moviefone, Next Movie, iVillage, and Film.com. She is a Bookseller at Loyalty Bookstores. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and their three curious, book-loving kids.