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marlene lopez

Affinity Konar is the author of The Illustrated Version of Things. She received her MFA from Columbia University. Koanr has worked as a tutor, copywriter, and editor of children’s educational materials. Mischling: A Novel (Lee Boudreaux Books) is a spellbinding story of survival and resilience about twin sisters facing the ultimate Nazi evil. It’s 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.