“Anna & Elizabeth is no less than Hungary's entire 20th-century history captured through the lives of two extraordinary women. Wars, class, art, religion, Nazism, Socialism, Communism, anti-Semitism—the tragic -isms that defined those years. Sophie Cook brings fierce intelligence and human drama into the story of these memorable characters and that complicated part of the world.”
—Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author of I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
Set against the background of Hungary’s rich peasant culture and rigid class divisions, spanning the years from 1880 to 1944, Anna & Elizabeth tells the story of two very different women and their unlikely friendship— Anna, a Baptist woman from the countryside, and Elizabeth, her one-time Jewish employer.
The story shows how their bond develops and survives, despite war, revolution, and the ravages of time. Inspired by the author’s grandmother and the friend who tried to protect her during the Holocaust, this novel explores the strengths, joys, and sorrows of personal and family relationships.
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Publisher: Four Leaf Clover Editions, 267 Pages
Paperback: $14.95; eBook: $10.00.
The estate steward waved his hand.
“Forget it. Grazing rights are for household heads only.”
Anna went home, discouraged. He might not consider her a householder, but the responsibilities were hers. Especially, she worried about the land. She did not want to do the hoeing and gleaning she usually did on the large estate because she had to harvest her own vegetables and potatoes, but the employer sent word that if she didn’t work on this harvest, she couldn’t work on the next one either. . . .
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“Anna & Elizabeth is a historical novel that brings to life the tortured politics of 20th-century Europe, especially the politics of what once was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This occurs through a deeply private story of a long friendship between two Hungarian women, initially mistress and servant, separated by class and religion, but increasingly bound by a respect that ...