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They Went Left

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, the award-winning author of Girl in the Blue Coat.
Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal, her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else—her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja—they went left.

Zofia's last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.

But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her—or help her rebuild her world.

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780316540445

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About the Author

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Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat, American Fire, and The War Outside, as well as a columnist at the Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.



“Hesse is nothing short of masterful when it comes to writing gripping, heart breaking, raw, powerful, and soul shattering historical fiction novels. This book did all of that and so much more.”

—Sara, @agingerlyreview

“I was sucked in from page one and unable to put it down. This was one of the most well-written stories I’ve ever read… It resonated with me in a way no other story has and, dare I say, ever will.”

—Shelby, a.fangirl.life_

“This book was truly incredible. The mystery of finding Zofia’s brother and the dash of romance running through the story kept me engaged and speeding through the pages.”

—Chaya, @readingoversleeping

“This book was just so well done, Hesse’s writing style is beautiful.”

—Macy, @afictionreality

“They Went Left is a heartbreaking and heartwrenching read that pulls you in from the beginning. A story that is full of drama, hope, and determination.”

—Patti, @lovelyloveday

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