A moving novel based on the true story of a family's endurance and pain, and a heartfelt exploration of Jewish identity in a secular society
January 2003. The Berest family receive a mysterious, unsigned postcard. On one side was an image of the Opera Garnier; on the other, the names of their relatives who were killed in Auschwitz: Ephraim, Emma, Noemie and Jacques.
Twenty years later, Anne sought to find the truth behind this postcard. She journeys 100 years into the past, tracing the lives of her ancestors from their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris, the war and its aftermath. What emerges is a thrilling and sweeping tale that shatters her certainties about her family, her country, and herself.
At once a gripping investigation into family secrets, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and an enthralling portrait of 20th-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, The Postcard tells the story of a family devastated by the Holocaust and yet somehow restored by love and the power of storytelling.
The great granddaughter of Spanish-born artist Francis Picabia and French Resistance fighter Gabriele Buffet-Picabia (Marcel Duchamps lover and muse), Anne Berest is an actor and author. She has been profiled in Vogue (France), Haaretz newspaper, and has also been a Chanel ambassador. With her sister Claire Berest, Berest wrote a biography of her great grandmother entitled Gabriele. She is also the author of a novel based on Francoise Sagan and the bestselling work of nonfiction How to be Parisian Wherever You Are...