Readers looking for all the elements of a fine novel should consider reading Love and Treasure
by Ayelet Waldman. I had not heard of the Hungarian Gold Train until I read this novel. Packed with the stolen possessions of Jews sent to concentration camps, Waldman draws one object from this train, a pendant, and uses its survival as a contrast to the death of all the owners of objects like it. The plot moves forward and backward in time as an effort is made to restore the pendant to the rightful owner. Along the way, we are treated to great prose and a view on psychoanalysis that added a lot to the novel.
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