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The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018 by [Bart van Es]
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The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found: The Costa Book of the Year 2018 Kindle Edition

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A powerful, harrowing story about a young girl's struggle to survive Nazi persecution, and a man's attempt to unveil his family's secrets. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?

So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien's story too.

This is an astonishing, moving reckoning with a young girl's struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways in which our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.

'Quite remarkable - a story of one traumatic childhood, deeply moving, and told with great dexterity, allowing the wisdoms of today to run parallel with the absorbing narrative of wartime events' Penelope Lively

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B079GM28LT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (2 August 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12867 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 282 pages
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