The Book Stall is delighted to partner with The Wilmette Public Library to present author AFFINITY KONAR, discussing her novel MISCHLING on Sun., May 7th at 2 p.m. at the Wilmette Junior High School Auditorium. This event is part of the Library's 2017 One Book, Everybody Reads program. The One Book series is funded by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library. For more information, visit www.wilmettelibrary.info/onebook or call (847) 256-6930. A book signing will follow the program.
It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive.
"Konar describes [these horrors] beautifully, lyrically, in the language of a fable...readers who allow themselves to fall under the spell of Konar's exceptionally sensitive writing may well find the book unforgettable."-- Ruth Franklin, New York Times Book Review
Affinity Konar was raised in California and has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She's worked as a tutor, copywriter, and editor of children's educational materials. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Linus.
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