by Diane Cole

Émigrés in America

Love, After the War

The Oriental Wife (Other Press, $15.95) by Evelyn Toynton begins in World War I-era Nuremberg, with an innocent-seeming scene of three children at play. Louisa is sweet-tempered and eager to please; her cousin Otto is as understanding as he is outgoing; and shy, self-conscious Rolf hides behind an emotionless exterior. All from well-to-do assimilated Jewish families, they are clueless as to what is obvious to the reader: their futures will prove anything but rosy, unless they escape.

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