Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Light After the War” by Anita Abriel, Atria Books, February 4, 2020
Anita Abriel, Author of “The Light After The War” has written an amazing, intriguing, intense, captivating and riveting novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction, Romance, and Fiction. The timeline for this story is just after World War Two and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters. The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated. The themes that are in this book are friendship, sisterhood, family, love, and hope.
Vera Frankel and Edith Ban have grown up together in the same apartment house in Hungary. They are more like sisters, than friends. Vera and Edith are able to escape during the war and hide for 2 years in Austria. The two of them manage to get to Naples and Vera gets a job at the United States Embassy. Vera is familiar with different languages. Edith has a talent for sewing and making dresses. Vera does fall in love with a Captain from the Embassy.
Vera and Edith are dealing with loss, and manage to live in several places, looking for a sense of purpose, healing from the tragic memories from the War, and finding themselves. This is a beautiful and well-written story depicting the tragedy of war and the aftermath. Anita Abriel vividly describes the characters, the landscape and the events in this story. I would highly recommend this intriguing and thought-provoking novel for readers who appreciate Historical Fiction.