As a literature professor by day, by night I am an avid reader of Lauren Belfer’s novels – she never disappoints and I am always awaiting her next novel. She alternates the story smoothly between a contemporary woman in New York, and a Jewish family in Germany, following several generations, beginning in the mid 1700's. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. Finely written historical fiction layered with richly detailed characters and moral complexity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These books were set in Spokane, WA with the firefighters of fire station #9 as the main characters of each book…Book one- Cole, Book two- Kane, Book three- Rick and now Book four is about Micah. The vast expanse of time covered was both informative and at times, tedious. Belfer’s novels take us to different periods in history, to different continents. I found the subject matter intriguing, enjoyed getting glimpses into 18th and 19th century lives of beloved musicians and the mystery behind a (fictional) never-before-discovered Bach manuscript. And After the Fire is her most masterful yet. WE DID NOT RECOGNIZE THEM AS OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Please try again. The New York Times-bestselling author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light returns with a new powerful and passionate novel—inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that c When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains, The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Blindspot: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle), “[Belfer’s] virtuoso novel…epitomizes Faulkner’s epigram that the past is never dead―or even past. Susanna finds the old music manuscript with particularly violent song letters against Jews, while cleaning up her uncle's house after his death. In America, in 2010, his niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after experiencing a devastating act of violence. This book, informed by deep knowledge about J.S. However, this one, has a unique perspective in that it is also about Bach and Hensel and Mendolssohn and life in general in the musical community in Germany in the late 1700s/early 1800s. But at times the book seemed like a diatribe from the author and I lost empathy for the main character, Susanna because she was overshadowed by the author's voice. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Very interesting book, bit lacking in drama, Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020. In the waning years of the 18th century, Germany is alive with music. There are no murder mysteries to resolve as in her first two books, but Belfer's plot is quite suspenseful and will keep you turning the pages, all the while thinking about what you might do should such a document suddenly fall into your own hands. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. See all 6 questions about And After the Fire…, Booklist Best Adult Fiction 2016 (Part 1 of 2), Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. Jane Ciabattari The author writes well and the section of the book that deals with the Holocaust presents it from a completely different angle. In war-ravaged Germany, in 1945, an American soldier takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. This story is about much more than WWII and the holocaust. WE WERE SILENT AS THEIR HOUSES OF WORSHIP BLAZED . We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.