The Last Year of the War

The Last Year of the War

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Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we've always been is called into question.-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451492159
0451492153
9780451492173
045149217X
Branch Call Number: F MEISS-S
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 24 cm

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JCLPiepieB Dec 14, 2020

This story of two kindred spirits became more powerful the more I read it. This is the type of novel that will leave an impact. I absolutely LOVED Hugh and Elise!

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libra4Us
Aug 18, 2020

rec for same timeframe as "Secrets of a Charmed Life"

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cathydaniel
Mar 07, 2020

One of my favorites of 2019!

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do1245
Jan 28, 2020

Bernice’s suggestion!

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atchfive
Dec 29, 2019

One of the best books I have read. Excellent. Not sure about the negative comments that the story takes a while to get moving. Right from the first pages I was hooked and it didn’t stop. You will not be disappointed with time spent on this one.

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hezzie14
Oct 19, 2019

I am so sad to review this as a negative as I usually love the style and pace of Susan Meissner's books. This book is so slow to get started that there was nothing to capture my attention and keep it. I have started it twice now with the same result. I felt so bad about not liking it that I have searched other reviews to see if it is just me, and am finding the same disappointment as many have had. The last 1/4 of the book is very good with a really bad ending to the book. I would give this a hard pass as there are so many other fabulous historical novels out currently that are a much easier and enjoyable read. Try reading The Flight Girls if you are looking for something new from a new author. You will not be disappointed.

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misswindsor
Sep 26, 2019

A light read but a very good one. Really enjoyable.

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Eil_1
Aug 03, 2019

Quoted from the book: Elise's father's reasoning for his and by extension Germany, "I did nothing because I wouldn't have been able to stop it!" Documentaries can be seen in the hundreds of citizens cheering and happily welcoming the invading forces of Germany - believing they now had a glorious future under the Nazis. Hitler could possibly have been stopped during the 1930's if only the people rose up to the brutal new and improved Leader of Germany. However, Pride, Greed and most harmful of all - Prejudice. Germany's need to avenge wrongs from the victorious Allies laid the foundation for Hitler's invasion and destruction of so many millions of citizens in so many countries. It was the Germans who initiated WWI as well as WWII.
My sympathy for the heroine lacked for me a true sadness. Elise was trapped between her love of the U.S.

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 25, 2019

The book doesn’t have a lot of depth and jumps around quite a bit, but it was still a good read!

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pp47
May 31, 2019

wonderfully compelling historical read beautifully written

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