Wartime Lies

Ballantine Books




Winner of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for a First Work of Fiction

Winner of the Irish Times--Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize

Winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger, France's prize for fiction in translation.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

New York Times Notable Book

National Book Award Finalist

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist


Selected Reviews

New York Review of Books  Review by Janet Malcolm, June 13, 1991

The Chicago Tribune "A Painful Price for a Necessary Deception" by Lisa Anderson--November 19, 1991

Los Angeles Times Book Review "Horrors of Survival, Clothed in Grace" by Richard Eder--May 16, 1991 (Reprinted with permission on the linked page)

Book Jacket Synopsis

As the world slips into the throes of war, young Maciek is about to see his warm and protected childhood vanish forever. Cosseted by his loving family, he knows of no other life. But Maciek is a Polish Jew living near Warsaw in 1939. The course of his future is about to change, and his past is soon to be stretched into unrecognizable shapes.

As Warsaw falls, Maciek escapes with his aunt Tania. Beautiful and brave, Tania becomes the one person on whom Maciek can always depend. On the run, in hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives, Tania and Maciek endure the war together, as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.

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