From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes “a sweeping tale full of humor and heartbreak” (Karin Tanabe, author of The Diplomat’s Daughter) about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev’s Russia and the beaches of Southern France to discover long-hidden secrets about his heritage.
In 1950s New Jersey, teacher Michael Daniels—or Misha Danielov to his doting Russian-Jewish grandmother—is at loose ends, until he becomes the host of a nightly underground radio show. Not only does the show become a local hit because of his running satires of USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev, but half a world away, it picks up listeners in a small Soviet city.
There, with rock and roll leaking in through bootlegged airwaves, Yulianna Kosoy—a war orphan in her mid-twenties—is sneaking American goods into the country with her boss, Der Schmuggler.
But just as Michael’s radio show is taking off, his grandmother is murdered. Why would anyone commit such an atrocity against such a warm, affable woman? She had always been secretive about her past and, as Michael discovers, guarded a shadowy ancestral history. In order to solve the mystery of who killed her, Michael sets out for Europe to learn where he—and his grandmother—really came from.
“Both heartbreaking and mesmerizing, Nothing Is Forgotten is the sort of book you won’t soon forget…Cold War Europe, lingering Nazi secrets, and the tragic history faced by millions of families not only bring this tale to life but will keep you turning the pages” (Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author) and will appeal to fans of novels by Anita Diamant and Kristin Hannah.
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Do we have all the pieces?
“Why does God write our stories in vanishing ink?”
It’s a query presented by Michael Daniels’ grandmother Emma in the back of an art book he finds in her bookcase after she’s been killed in her workplace in South Orange NJ in the early 1960s. And in trying to figure out who is Grandmother actually WAS, he’s certainly not ready for the work that takes him all over the world to find out.
Michael’s trying to figure this out connects him with CIA operatives, Holocaust survivors, Russian smugglers, artists, rogue assassins and Cold War Europe... and Yuli Kosoy, a young woman in Russia who is obsessed with all things American, including “Misha Daniov: The Mad Russian” his radio persona. This is the story about finding what’s missing; the things hidden in the vanishing ink.
A thriller of utmost proportions, Golden takes you from South Orange New Jersey to Post War/Cold War Russian in a story that might leave you scratching your head as the puzzle pieces come together...or do they? I can’t begin to explain it without giving the plot away, but it is a book I recommend. 4/5
[disclaimer: I won this book in a contest and have chosen to review it]