Sera James and William Hanover both have a interest in a single painting, of a woman with a shaved head, a violin, and a tattoo on her arm from the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Their search for this painting reveals the story of Adele, the young woman in the painting, the daughter of a Nazi official who is sent to the work camps for aiding Jews who wished to escape Austria.
Kristy Cambron wrote this novel after learning about art created by the prisoners at Auschwitz. Indeed, that fact that those suffering could manage to create such beauty at a time of such suffering is amazing and book worthy.
I enjoyed the story of Adele, Vladimir (the man she loved) and the women with her at the camp. The story of Sera and William, however, seemed a little too contrived. I would call the style Christian-lite/historical fiction. I enjoyed the novel, and it was a quick read for me, but there was something too “nice” about it. Writing about the holocaust never has a overarching positive tone, even when good things happen. And yet, this book did. The purpose of historical fiction is to get a sense of the truth about the past – I felt The Butterfly and the Violin should have gone farther to expose that truth.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
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