The Lost Family by Jenna Blum

The Lost Family

The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980sIn 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and ...

Details The Lost Family

TitleThe Lost Family
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Family

Reviews The Lost Family

  • Diane S ☔
    Peter lost everything important to him in the war, in fact he almost lost himself. Finally, after the liberation of the concentration camp he makes it to America, where he becomes a chef and part owner of a well respected restaurant. This is where he first sees June, twenty years his junior, on her way to becoming a top model. Her vivacity and innocence attracts Peter, and he soon looks on her as the way to start a new life, a second chance.The l...
  • Jenna Blum
    This is the best third novel I ever wrote! I hope you love it, too. :) *out from Harper Collins 6.5.18!*
  • Andrea
    I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It is an immigrant story. It is a family story. It is a parenting story. I liken it to a mix of The Two-Family House by Lynda Loigman (amazing book) and Mad Men. Blum has written a huge masterpiece that should be read and absorbed by all.I received an advance digital copy from the publisher.
  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    Wow. What a story of pain and loss. The story of Peter and his first family was one of tragedy. It is a story that will stick with me for some time. The tragedy that he endured overshadowed the rest of his life influencing all the relationships from then on. This is the second book by Blum that I have read and once again she did not fail to deliver. I received an ARC from Edelweiss. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
  • Mieke Schepens
    In drie delen, met als titel de namen van het gezin van Peter Rashkin, leren we deze gezinsleden goed kennen. Ieder heeft toch een eigen agenda, hoezeer ze ook bij elkaar betrokken zijn. Dat is ook een verloren familie, zoals de titel van het boek aangeeft. In het eerste deel ‘Peter 1965’ kijk je voornamelijk mee door de ogen van Peter, het tweede deel ‘June 1975’ is aan zijn vrouw June gewijd en tenslotte lees je over Elsbeth door de oge...
  • Heidi
    Years ago, in one of my previous jobs, I had the privilege to meet many holocaust survivors who shared their heartbreaking stories of survival and new beginnings in other countries far from their home. Although I greatly admired their resilience and the human survival spirit, and their capacity to forgive and start over, I also realised that there was often a huge price to pay for the trauma they had endured. One was survivor’s guilt, of having...
  • Susan Peterson
    While grieving one lost family, a man puts his new family on the line...will he lose them too? The Lost Family is a haunting look at a family...a family built from the ashes of loss and grief. I thought it was interesting that the story was divided into three sections; 1965, which is the father’s story; 1975 is the mother’s perspective; 1985 is told from the daughter’s point of view. Each of the three has a unique story to tell, and events ...
  • Crystal King
    THE LOST FAMILY is definitely my favorite Jenna Blum book. Don't get me wrong, I loved her other novels, but this one really grabbed me. It was a fantastic combination of heart, family, food and dark history. Blum is a masterful writer and a master of character development. I cared deeply about the world of Peter Rashkin and June Bouquet and the ghosts of the past that held the family in thrall. It's a big book in its span of three decades and th...
  • Sue
    This is a wonderful novel about family and is so well written that it will stay with me long after the last page was read. Peter lost his wife and twin daughters to the concentraton camps in WWII. He has moved to NYC to try to start his life over but is unable to let go of his past and think about his future. He marries June, hoping that her youth and love of life will help him learn how to enjoy life. They have a child, Elsbeth, who should bring...
  • Courtney Judy
    Solid 3.5. Started slow, for me, but picked up rather quickly. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the whole story -- will give a real review soon.A hard to put down story of pain, perseverance, despair, hope, loss, success, starting-over, and family. Excellent imagery throughout the book, even when describing the very hard-to-read scenes of Peter's previous life. Overall, the story kept my interest enough that it turned into a real page turn...
  • Mary Olson
    The Lost Family is, in essence, a ghost story. After surviving Auschwitz but losing his wife and twin daughters to Nazi death camps, Peter Rashkin emigrates from Europe and begins life anew in the United States. A successful Manhattan restaurant named for his lost wife consumes all his time and energy and allows Peter to honor Masha without having to invest emotionally in life. That is, until the elegant supermodel of the '60s, June Bouquet, ente...
  • Ciska Bokhorst
    Niet wat ik ervan verwachtte. De tweede wereld oorlog komt nauwelijks aan bod zelfs niet in flashbacks. Had geen klik met de hoofdpersonages. Het is eerder een familie roman met een behoorlijk getroubleerd gezin. Je leest eerst vanuit Peter, dan June en dan Elsbeth. Met verschillende tijdspanne. Dat vond ik niet echt fijn lezen.Haar schrijfstijl leest wel prettig en ze kan goed sfeer neer zetten. Maar helaas geen boek voor mij.....
  • Carol Boyer
    This is an extraordinary story that will take your heart on a journey that is heartbreaking, deeply compassionate and told with authenticity about the tragedy that Peter Rashkin experienced during WWII. He lost his beloved wife Masha and his two little daughters to the Nazi's while trying desperately to escape with the rushing crowds. Trying to forget his loss he throws himself into his restaurant which he named after his wife Masha. He is a man ...
  • Narci Drossos
    I really cared about each and every character in this novel, and I can't say that about each novel I read. I genuinely found the persons in these interwoven stories engaging and interesting, along with their settings (country clubs, NYC museums/galleries, restaurants, suburbs). I recommend for bookclubs interested in chefs, eighties, eating disorders....excellent dialogue. Themes: holocaust survivors, survivors' guilt, eating disorders, angsty te...
  • Becky
    4.5 stars....This book just about ripped my heart out at times. Peter is a successful chef in NYC in the early 60's. He is a quiet man, & he carries around ghosts, the ghosts of his family lost forever. He meets an intriguing young model & so their story begins. The makings of a love story. The part I felt so strongly in this part of the book, was what NYC & modeling was like in that era. Pre "super models" & there was a certain level of sophisti...
  • Sally Koslow
    Jenna Blum has done it again: created a story whose characters feel achingly real. By switching viewpoints and time frames, she's crafted a "big" book spanning generations that you whip through quickly, because of its sharp dialogue and what's-next? quality. As both an upper midwesterner and a New Yorker, I appreciated the book's authenticity.
  • Linda Zagon
    Kudos to Jenna Blum , Author of “The Lost Family” for writing an amazing, intriguing, captivating, and poignant novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and touches on significant moments in history. Jenna writes in such a vivid and descriptive way, that is appeals to one’ s sense. In her scenes of the food in the restaurant, I feel that I am in the kitchen at one moment, and then sitting in the dining room sampling ...
  • Carla Suto
    THE LOST FAMILY by Jenna Blum is an engaging and emotional story of love, loss, despair and hope. It is told from three points of view, those of Peter Rashkin, his wife June Bouquet Rashkin and their daughter, Elsbeth. Peter survived Auschwitz, but his beloved first wife, Masha and their two young daughters tragically perished at the hands of the Nazis. He leaves Europe forever and begins a new life in New York, eventually becoming a well-known c...
  • Annie
    In The Lost Family, by Jenna Blum, I saw a family shaped by unspoken disappointment and selfishness. In this mostly quiet novel that jumps from character to character and time to time, we watch the Rashkins struggle to be a family in spite of their collective inability to articulate what they want and failure to speak up for themselves. This novel is the kind of book that demands close attention. On the surface is the plot, of course. Just undern...
  • Lauren Segelbaum
    Three voices one family and one interesting read. This book was unexpected. A great read when stuck at home in a spring blizzard. Can’t wait for it’s launch so I can hear what others are saying. I really liked it even though I was hesitant to read another holocaust novel. This isn’t your typical one. It is so much more than that.
  • Sharlene
    Wow, so much great about this book. Loved the character development. I felt a part of everything going on and could not put it down. A great book for those that like family relationship women's fiction. Definitely add this one to your to be read list.
  • Ria Van Herck
    Sterk begin en sterk einde - het middenstuk, het standpunt van de moeder van het gezin vond ik minder geslaagd.
  • Jean Brown
    4 Stars...ARC coming June 2018...great characters
  • Mari
    Every book club should read this book! The Lost Family follows a holocaust survivor turned celebrated NYC restaurateur (a haunted man suddenly surrounded by relentless American optimism), his wife (a successful model who gives up her career for suburban ennui and overbearing in laws) and their teenage daughter (who bumbles into a relationship with an older man). Though her fascinating and often heartbreaking parents get the first two sections of ...
  • Christine Moore
    This book wove itself into me and I will keep it forever. This is an amazing story of a man who loses everything in World War 2 and must start completely over in America. It is a story of love and loss, a life unexpected, and ultimately a family saga. The characters are so well written you feel everything they feel and they will stay with you forever. They become part of you. I laughed and I cried. I loved everything about this book. I received a...
  • Robin
    As a fan of Blum's earlier works of fiction, I was excited to learn that a new book was forthcoming last year and then I was really happy that I was able to get my hands on a digital review copy via Edelweiss. (One of the perks of being a librarian!)This book is published in June but I will go ahead and give it a big thumbs up because I really enjoyed it because it involves a Holocaust survivor but we meet him many years after the war, we get the...
  • Linda Kwakernaat
    Mijn volledige recensie is terug te vinden op: is een goed, heftig boek, het is geen boek wat je in een ruk uitleest. Ik in ieder geval niet. Ik heb het boek meerdere malen weg moeten leggen om, wat ik gelezen had, even te laten bezinken. Daar kwamen nogal wat emoties los. Misschien omdat ik er eentje van de tweede generatie ben. Als je als auteur zulke emoties weet los te maken verdien je vijf steren
  • Cynthia
    4.5 stars
  • Sarah Beth
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins. Opening in 1965 Manhattan, this novel follows Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz who has reinvented himself as owner and head chef of his fashionable restaurant, Masha's. Peter throws himself into the restaurant to try to fill the void left by the death of his wife Masha - the restaurant's namesake - and his two young daughters. However, meeting the young and beautiful model June ...
  • Nancy De Brucker
    Anno 1965 - Peter Albert Rashkin runt ‘Masha’, een zeer bekend en begeerd restaurant in New York. Hij voelt zich heer en meester in de keuken en is daar ook het gelukkigst. Peter is een vrijgezel maar draagt een zware ballast met zich mee. Hij heeft de concentratiekampen overleefd van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, heeft een vrouw en twee dochters verloren en is Europa ontvlucht om een nieuw leven te beginnen. Zijn geluk en succes heeft hij te danke...