There on her forearm, next to a small brown birthmark, were six tattooed numbers. 'Do you remember me now?' he asked, trembling. She looked at him again, as if giving weight and bone to a ghost. 'Lenka, it's me,' he said. 'Josef. Your husband.' During the last moments of calm in prewar Prague, Lenka, a young art student, falls in love with Josef. They marry - but soon, like so many others, they are torn apart by the currents of war. In America Josef becomes a successful obstetrician and raises a family, though he never forgets the wife he thinks died in the camps. But in the Nazi ghetto of Terezin - and later in Auschwitz - Lenka has survived, relying on her skills as an artist and the memories of a husband she believes she will never see again. Now, decades later, an unexpected encounter in New York brings Lenka and Josef back together. From the comfort of life in Prague before the occupation to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the endurance of first love, the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity to remember.
'The Sophie's Choice of this generation.' - John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author 'An ambitious exploration of political and personal struggles.' - Publishers Weekly on Swedish Tango.
Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver's Son, Swedish Tango, and The Last Van Gogh. She is the daughter of a painter and an engineer, and her novels have been published in more than ten languages. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two children.