“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 over the years evolves into love.
With political shrewdness, historical insight, and deep empathy, Cook represents the inescapable convergence of the personal and the public in a period of historical catastrophe.
Her two heroines shine with their gaiety, intelligence, and resilience—and also their noodle recipes and their Biedermeier furniture—against the dark historical context.”
—Judith Plotz, award-winning author and Professor of English Emerita at George Washington University