This is the true story, told in verse, of a girl living in Germany in 1938. The girl and her family try to lead normal lives as the tide of anti-Semitism rises around them. Throughout 1938, the girl—the author's mother, Jutta Salzberg—fills her poesiealbum, or autograph book, with inscriptions and drawings from friends and relatives. These entries are the stepping stones through the story of this wrenching, eventful year.
The 2019 re-issue of The Year of Goodbyes has a new cover, re-designed interior, and a foreword by author Tom Angleberger.
* “Artfully weaving together her mother’s poesiealbum (autograph/poetry album), diary, and her own verse, Levy crafts a poignant portrait of her Jewish mother’s life in 1938 Nazi Germany that crackles with adolescent vitality.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)