There’s Always Good People Willing to Stand up to Dark Forces: Q&A with Alice Hoffman, Author of The World That We Knew

There’s Always Good People Willing to Stand up to Dark Forces: Q&A with Alice Hoffman, Author of The World That We Knew

 

About the author:

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We KnewThe Rules of MagicThe Marriage of OppositesPractical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s BookClub selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

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The World That We Knew is set in Berlin in 1941 during humanity’s darkest hour, and about three unforgettable young women who must act with courage and love to survive. Can you tell us a bit more about the book?

The book is about a mother who must send her daughter away in order to rescue her. She creates a magical being of legend, a golem, to protect and travel with her daughter. Their journey through France, and the people they meet, effect both in ways they could not have imagined.

What was the inspiration behind The World That We Knew?

Many years ago a woman was waiting for me after I gave her reading at a library. She wanted me to tell her story. She had been Hidden Child and France in a convent during World War II and she felt that if her story wasn’t told it would be forgotten. At the time I didn’t think I could write this book but after many years I felt that she was right and it was important for me to tell the story.

Can you tell us about your research process for this book?

I do a great deal of reading and in this case I read many autobiographies written by survivors. I also met with many Holocaust survivors in the states and also in France -people who have been children and who had been sent away by their parents so that they would survive.

What do you hope the reader will take away from this book?

I hope the reader will take away the same thing that I did: hope. Even in the darkest times when it seems that there’s no help there’s light and they are always good people willing to stand up against dark forces.

What’s your daily writing routine like and what are you working on at the moment?

I’m really writing whenever I have the chance I don’t have an exact routine anymore I used to when I was young. Right now I’m finishing up the third in my magic series which follows the life of Maria Owens in the 17th century.

You are the author of over thirty books. If you could choose one character to have dinner with, from one of your novels, who would it be and why?

I would probably choose Rachel Pissarro from my novel The Marriage of Opposites. She was an amazing woman, the mother of Camille Pissarro, a rebel and a very unique individual.

 

 

Reviews

A Beautifully Poetic Read: Read an Extract From The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Review | Extract

12 November 2019

A Beautifully Poetic Read: Read an Extract From The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

    Nothing Short of a Masterpiece: Read a Review of The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

    Review | Our Review

    12 November 2019

    Nothing Short of a Masterpiece: Read a Review of The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

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                          Publisher details

                          The World That We Knew
                          Author
                          Alice Hoffman
                          Publisher
                          Simon and Schuster
                          Genres
                          Fiction, Romance
                          Released
                          24 September, 2019

                          Synopsis

                          In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
                          Alice Hoffman
                          About the author

                          Alice Hoffman

                          Alice Hoffman is the author of thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers and, most recently, The Museum of Extraordinary Things. She lives in Boston.

                          Books by Alice Hoffman

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