Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Sarah Wildman

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Riverhead
Publication date: October 2014
ISBN: 9781101616161
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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One woman�s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.

Years after her grandfather�s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled �Correspondence: Patients A�G.� What she found inside weren�t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family�s prewar Vienna. One woman�s letters stood out: those from Valy�Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfather�s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria.

Valy�s name wasn�t unknown to her�Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. �She was your grandfather�s true love,� her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valy�s story. They revealed a woman desparate to escape and clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Obsessed with Valy�s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valy�s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather�s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.



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