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review Anya's War 103 â Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler's forces At first Anya's life in the Jewish uarter of Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree she has crushes on boys fights with her mother and longs to defy expectations just like her hero Amelia EarhartThen Anya fClear that no place is safe not for Jewish families like the Rosens not for Shanghai's poor not for adventurous women pilotsBased on a true story here is a rich transcendent novel about a little known time in Holocaust histo. Anya’s War is a tender coming of age tale of a Jewish girl whose family escaped to Shanghai from the impending Nazi takeover of their home in Russia Fourteen year old Anya Rosen’s father believed that China would be a safe reprieve for Jews escaping from Hitler’s vow to punish the Jewish people Although the characters are fictional the story is real and based upon the author’s ancestors Alban’s compelling characters elucidate the very real terror of Jews living in China during the early years of the Holocaust Anya’s War is rich with metaphor and reality a powerful combination during an explosive era of world war and genocide Alban delivers a persuasive dose of a dichotomous society where timeless class structure results in domination of the wealthy over the poor Anya was raised in a moderately wealthy family in Odessa which was transformed into an upper class family in China She soon became immersed within a culture that included suffering yet devoted servants and the condescending wealthy Anya arrives as a typical adolescent filled with curiosity plans within plans and a burgeoning interest in boys Like many adolescent girls of the time Anya has natural heroes She greatly admires Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt She also plans to live in The United States and become a physician like her aunt Like all teenagers Anya fights with her parents She is especially defiant with her dominating mother who has other plans for Anya’s career At the same time Anya explores deepening feelings for a boy in her class at school Woven into Anya’s life are her doting parents grandparents brother friends and servants Except for her parents these characters possess rudimentary depth Yet the events and circumstances surrounding Anya are described with delightful depth Alban’s descriptions of life in China are terrific and she pulls the reader along with vibrant flow and intensity Because she lives in relative wealth and attends the Jewish school in Shanghai the morass of subjugation starvation and hopelessness prevalent among Chinese remains just below Anya’s radar Anya races around Shanghai in her bicycle visiting friends and running errands She has a new camera which she uses to take pictures along her way Anya takes advantage of her newly acuired ability to bargain with sellers in the marketOne day Anya discovers an discarded newborn girl in a basket She brings the baby home to the horror of the entire household Anya immediately loves and cares for the abandoned child She is determined to keep the baby and proffers the child a name At the same time her father brings home a new Jewish family in Shanghai including a boy who sweeps Anya off her feet One day Anya’s younger brother follows her on an unapproved trip into Shanghai during which a Chinese bomber accidentally drops bombs upon the city The resulting disaster leaves Anya’s brother seriously injured Alone and deeply frightened Anya must find a way to save her brother’s life Alban brings to light that mystifying confusing time of life in which Anya is neither child nor adult but some confusing stage in between This story becomes an exploration of adolescent desire and passion a newfound freedom chained with responsibility underpinned by the desire to remain a part of a nurturing loving family Alban’s writing style is structured cogent and evocative Her protagonist and the primary characters are entertaining well developed and delivered with expressive dialog They induce depth and fervor Anya’s character is powerful and seductive One can feel her empathy defiance curiosity and passion However the secondary characters are less well developed leaving the reader with a somewhat murky sense of their personality features The family’s Jewish identity is carefully elucidated through the manner in which they honor the Sabbath observe holidays recall the past and enjoy valued traditions Interspersed in the dialog are Yiddish words used to convey expressive meaning Anya’s War is a powerful novel of cultures adolescent emotions aspiration passion fear and anticipation Within it we glimpse wartime China its deep seated traditions structures classes and beauty Alban also delivers the devastation anxiety and terror of war Here we find a bright expressive teenager named Anya who is struggling to become an independent young adult learning valuable life lessons from venerable servants friends and family The pace of this novel increases exponentially with an explosive conclusion

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She has crushes on boys fights with her mother and longs to defy expectations just like her hero Amelia EarhartThen Anya finds a baby a newborn abandoned on the street Amelia Earhart goes missing And it becomes dangerously. This is historical fiction for real lovers of historical fiction Although there are a few well crafted seuences of suspense that will appeal even to those who typically shun historical fiction most of the narrative is devoted to detailing Anya's daily life in Shanghai and will be best appreciated by those who truly love to immerse themselves in another time and place Full review at Reading Everywhere

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Anya's WarAnya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler's forces At first Anya's life in the Jewish uarter of Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree. This book was a page turner for me I couldn't put it down The research that went into this book created an all consuming view of a horrible past for the Jews The author writes in a way that takes the reader 'right there' inside the storyI'm so proud to know Andrea; it's great to have a friend that is such an accomplished writer