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Train to Warsaw 


A Novel

Published by Grove Press 


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Jascha and Lilka escape separately from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, known for his dark tales about his wartime adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses will not drag him back there; she is nostalgic for the city of her childhood. Traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to the city of their past where they will relive days and nights in the ghetto. On a snowy night in Warsaw, when they lose their way and find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that there are still secrets between them. A riveting story of the nature of desire and the cost of survival, The Train to Warsaw is a haunting and unforgettable portrait of a man and woman who cannot escape the past.


"In this lyrical exploration of memory, there is more urgent sensuality and haunting desire than anything I've read in a long time. The Train to Warsaw kept me reading late into the night - saddened, aroused, angry, and grateful." 

- Joanna Hershon, Author of A Dual Inheritance

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