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

  • Angela M
    3.5 stars Peter doesn’t speak of Auschwitz or the loss of his wife Masha and their three year old twin daughters. He cannot and he won’t - not to his friends, his family or even his new wife, June . He does not want to relive the roundup of Jews in Germany, but he does sometimes in his dreams. I’ve read quite a few Holocaust novels but not many about what it’s like to be a survivor years after. Certainly the non fiction and memoirs such a...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    The Lost Family is a beautifully written novel by Jenna Blum, author of the bestseller, Those Who Save Us. The story begins in 1965 Manhattan. World War II is over but the haunting memories are omnipresent for Peter Rashkin. He survived Auschwitz but tragically lost his beloved wife and twin daughters, and Peter is trying to start a new life for himself. His extended family, the few that are still alive, have encouraged him to meet a nice Jewish ...
  • Jenna Blum
    This is the best third novel I ever wrote! I hope you love it, too. :) *out from Harper Collins 6.5.18!*
  • The Lit Bitch
    This was a book that I actually passed on initially. Yes it sounded good and like something that would be right up my alley. But my summer reading schedule always fills up so fast and I just didn’t have room for this book so basically I had to pass.I did however agree to do a special feature on this book as I think it would appeal to many of my readers. As I was working on the special feature, I felt really sad that I wasn’t reading this book...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Jenna Blum's beautifully written novel, The Lost Family, is set in New York City from the 1960's-1980's. It opens with Peter Rashkin, a Holocaust survivor, running his famous restaurant, Masha's, when June Bouquet walks in and changes his life. As hard as Peter tries to forget his past and not let anyone invade his present and future, there is something about June that draws him in. When June becomes pregnant, Peter proposes and tries to forget h...
  • Amy
    The Lost Family is a heartbreakingly beautiful tale of a family that spans generations and is structured in an intriguing way. It begins with Peter in 1965 beginning when he meets his wife, June then it switches to her point of view in 1975 when she gets pregnant and then finally to their daughter Elsbeth’s perspective in 1985. I really enjoyed getting to know each character individually as well as through the eyes of each other, it provided a ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leslie
    Full disclosure: I have an author crush on Jenna Blum. (Is that a thing?) She is just the greatest. I've been following her on social media since falling in love with her first book, Those Who Save Us many years ago and if you aren't following her, do it! Even if you don't read her books, you'll be bombarded with pictures of her dog Woodrow and her storm chasing fiancé and pictures of storms and so many other things and I could go on but I'm alr...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Diane Yannick
    **Perhaps this review has a spoiler. I’m not at all sure. It seems to me that if you read mainstream reviews before choosing a book, you know at least as much as I tell. If you only read Goodread reviews before choosing a book, I guess this could be a problem. Does anyone do this? Spoiler clarification needed.**It’s hard not to get caught up in this story about a main character who lost those he loved most during the Nazi’s reign of horror....
  • 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...
  • Allison
    About halfway through the book, the story turned into a bad soap opera. During the first half of the book, the character development seemed to be moving along pretty nicely. Then it all falls apart as the story focuses on Peter's new wife, who was a runway model when he met her. So the second half of the book went a rambling story line, that also contained useless dialogue between characters that didn't add any value to the story at all. I got th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mama's
    It is a rarity that fictional stories of Holocaust survivors ever focus on the reality of what happens to them throughout the rest of their lives. I suppose this is where the intrigue came in as I read the novel The Lost Family. To catch a glimpse of what it could have been like for some survivors as they navigate postwar life was eye-opening, to say the least. PTSD must’ve been all-encompassing for these victims, and it was certainly something...
  • Tina
    I am honored to have been invited to the Lost Family Virtual Supper Club hosted at the Book Club Cookbook site.This is the first time I have participated with a virtual supper party and I’m thrilled to see some other food bloggers I know on the guest list.   Jenna Blum is a new author for me and I can say, after diving into this page-turner, I am now hungry for the menus included as well as Blum’s other publications.Jenna describes her book...
  • 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.....
  • Michelegg
    What an exquisite, tragic and ultimately beautiful read. Peter just reached in and grabbed my heart and didn’t let go.This is a story that will haunt me for a very long time.I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. The writing is gorgeous, the story is stunning and I loved it very much.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Stacie
    Heartache, even decades later, can still feel like it just happened yesterday. Even though Peter survived WWII and brutal treatment by the Nazis, his wife and twin toddler daughters did not. He came to America to start over and as much as he has tried, he hasn't been able to forget what happened to them. His cousin Sol and his wife Ruth have helped him start a new life and tried to convince him to move on. Instead, Peter disappears into his work....
  • 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...