Publication: January 26, 2015
By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story.
Kraków, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone.
Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.
Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous . . .
*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I don't read a lot of historical fiction but this one piqued my curiosity enough for me to give it a try. And I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than the beautiful prose. The characters are interesting and the story is intense. I have not read The Book Thief--I know, for shame--so I don't know how it compares to this one.
Definitely worth the read though.
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Gavriel Savit holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he grew up. As an actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo. He lives in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.
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