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The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (December 2016)

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (December 2016)Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life.  But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags and she is no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home.  Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they'll meet it together.

Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis, a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage to Havana.  At first, life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, but soon ominous rumours from Cuba undermine the passengers' fragile sense of safety.  The ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom.

Seven decades later in New York City, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah.  Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Hannah to learn the truth about their family's mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the worldl.
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