The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

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Once upon a time something happened that you could never have imagined, a spell was broken, a girl was saved, a rose grew out of a tooth buried deep in the ground, love was everywhere, and people who had been taken away continued to walk with you, in dreams and in the waking world...

In Berlin, at a time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows that she must send Lea, her twelve-year-old daughter, away to save her from the Nazi regime. Hanni seeks out a renowned rabbi, but it is his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation. Ettie creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses, to a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she is destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters who take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never-ending.