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In another time
2019
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"Jillian Cantor's In Another Time is a love song to the most powerful of all human emotions: hope. It is the story of Max and Hanna, two star-crossed lovers fighting to stay together during an impossible moment in history. It is gripping, mysterious, romantic, and altogether unique. I was enchanted by this beautiful, heartbreaking novel." -- Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia

A sweeping historical novel that spans Germany, England, and the United States and follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to World War II--and the family secret that may prove to be the means for survival.

1931, Germany. Bookshop owner Max Beissinger meets Hanna Ginsberg, a budding concert violinist, and immediately he feels a powerful chemistry between them. It isn't long before they fall in love and begin making plans for the future. As their love affair unfolds over the next five years, the climate drastically changes in Germany as Hitler comes to power. Their love is tested with the new landscape and the realities of war, not the least of which is that Hanna is Jewish and Max is not. But unbeknownst to Hanna is the fact that Max has a secret, which causes him to leave for months at a time--a secret that Max is convinced will help him save Hanna if Germany becomes too dangerous for her because of her religion.

In 1946, Hanna Ginsberg awakens in a field outside of Berlin. Disoriented and afraid, she has no memory of the past ten years and no idea what has happened to Max. With no information as to Max's whereabouts--or if he is even still alive--she decides to move to London to live with her sister while she gets her bearings. Even without an orchestra to play in, she throws herself completely into her music to keep alive her lifelong dream of becoming a concert violinist. But the music also serves as a balm to heal her deeply wounded heart and she eventually gets the opening she long hoped for. Even so, as the days, months, and years pass, taking her from London to Paris to Vienna to America, she continues to be haunted by her forgotten past, and the fate of the only man she has ever loved and cannot forget.

Told in alternating viewpoints--Max in the years leading up to WWII, and Hanna in the ten years after--In Another Time is a beautiful novel about love and survival, passion and music, across time and continents.

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Hanna Ginsburg wakes up in a field in Germany in 1946, clutching her violin. The last thing she remembers is being with her beloved Max in his bookshop in Gutenstat 10 years earlier, as the SA pounded on the door. Now, she suffers from memory loss related to trauma but what trauma? As she goes on to rebuild her life and, in particular, fulfill her dream of finding a place in a symphony orchestra, alternate narrative threads carry the reader back to the 1930s, with events presented from both Hanna and Max's perspectives. Hanna is a gifted violinist, but her single-minded focus on her music blinds her to rising anti-Semitism, while Max, who is not Jewish, recognizes the threat. He has already helped some Jewish neighbors escape into the future through a closet in his bookshop, and he hopes he can save Hanna this way as well. Though the answer to the mystery of Hanna's lost years feels underdeveloped, Cantor (The Lost Letter, 2017) endows the novel's historical and musical elements with enough interest to keep readers engaged.--Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2019 Booklist
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