Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition (March 19 2019)
Synopsis: In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.
Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate.
Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.
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The Things We Cannot Say is a story that takes place in the present day and in the past during WWII. The past follows the story of Alina and her love, Tomasz, while the present tells the story of Alice, a mother of two who is struggling to come to terms with her ailing grandmother. Together the two stories unwind to reveal past and present secrets.
I finished this book about a month ago but have found myself struggling with putting into words my thoughts on this book. This book was so beautiful. There are many books that have been released about WWII, but I loved the unique view of this novel will make it one that stands out.
Set in Poland during WWII (starting with the invasion and through the war years), Alina is a polish girl trying to come to terms with what is going on in her country and continues looking for ways to help people. Following her life as she watches her country change is a true history lesson and reminded me a lot of The Nightingale.
When the story finally comes full circle, it is so beautiful that it will bring you to tears. This is a must read for any fan of WWII Fiction. I will be recommending to everyone!