It’s against this backdrop that Gemma Liviero sets a powerful story of survival in The Road Beyond Ruin. Her unforgettable characters are mired in the aftermath of war, each trying to move forward by burying their pasts. Suspicion runs high. Strangers are looked upon as a threat, and neighbor no longer trusts neighbor. It’s no wonder that many of those making their way home choose to hide their identities.
After reading The Road Beyond Ruin, I can no longer overlook how treacherous those days, weeks, and months were—especially in Germany, where the brutalities of war forced people to make impossible choices. Regardless of the official date recorded in history books, I now more fully understand that the war certainly didn’t end when the fighting stopped.
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor