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An epic coming-of-age drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon Larsson, who grew up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Sweden’s Gothenburg, but always felt out of place — until he meets Isak Lentov, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Through their sons’ friendship, the two households slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways as war rages across Europe. Moving and inspiring, this “taut, absorbing tale of destiny and survival” (The Washington Post) affirms that even amidst a society gone mad, hope ultimately endures.

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