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The Forest of Vanishing Stars

A Novel

by Kristin Harmel

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
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    384 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The New York Times bestselling author of the "heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism" (People) The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything.

After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what's happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.

Inspired by incredible true stories of survival against staggering odds, and suffused with the journey-from-the-wilderness elements that made Where the Crawdads Sing a worldwide phenomenon, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author whose writing has been hailed as "sweeping and magnificent" (Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author), "immersive and evocative" (Publishers Weekly), and "gripping" (Tampa Bay Times).

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"Fascinating, meticulously researched and utterly unique, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-racing and heart-wrenching tale of survival against almost impossible odds during WW2. Kristin Harmel is an extraordinary storyteller and this book is another stunning example of her remarkable ability to bring characters to life." – Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Orphan

"In this always compelling, sometimes harrowing tale, The Forest of Vanishing Stars draws readers into a singular story of survival and bravery. Set against the backdrop of Eastern Europe during World War II, the resourceful Yona, forced to become expert in the ways of the forest when a sage, prescient elderly woman takes Yona from her German family, must decide whether she'll rise up to claim the destiny foretold about her when faced with a band of Jewish refugees hiding in her beloved woods. Inspiring and gripping." – Marie Benedict, New York Times bestsellng author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

"Kristin Harmel is a master at spectacularly immersive historical fiction. The Forest of Vanishing Stars adeptly invites us into the dense and foreboding forests of Poland where groups of Jewish families hide to survive the horrors of WWII. Kidnapped as a toddler by a wizened-woman, a young girl, Yona guides us through this extraordinary novel with both her untamed naivety and her hard-won wisdom. The old woman has prepared Yona for these days of war, and Yona must decide if she will step into her destiny. A tale of family, of identity and of becoming who we are meant to be through both the darkness and the light. From the stunning opening to the soul-mending conclusion, The Forest of Vanishing Stars faces head on the questions of fate and free-will entwined like the forest's vines. With immaculate and in-depth research, Harmel reveals the profound secrets of the forest and unveils the whispers of nature that both challenge and save her intimately drawn characters. Harmel reminds us that we are part of something so much larger than ourselves. With stunning lines you will want to savor and share, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a powerful and compelling masterpiece, a significant story for our present time." – Patti Callahan, NYT Bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah.

"The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a riveting story of a Jewish encampment hidden from Nazis by the shelter of thick forests that would ultimately be their salvation. Kristin Harmel's deeply affecting tale of survival and love begs the questions of the true definition of family, and also who we become as people in the face of danger—courageous or cowardly, a revenge-seeker or one who can forgive? With breathtaking natural descriptions, vivid historical details, and a brave heroine worth cheering for who must fulfill a destiny prophesied since birth, this novel is not to be missed!" – Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author of The Next Ship Home

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Kristin Harmel Author Biography

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Kristin grew up in Peabody, Mass.; Worthington, Ohio; and St. Petersburg, Fla., and she graduated with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida. After spending time living in Paris, she now lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and young son.

Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie and The Sweetness of Forgetting, along with several other novels. Her work has been featured in People, Woman's Day, Men's Health, Runner's World, and Ladies' Home Journal, among many other media outlets.

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