The Last Year of the War

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner is a WWII book that isn’t mired in Europe. Elise’s story begins at the end of her life as she starts to suffer from Alzheimer’s and she wishes to find a friend she met in childhood. Then we jump to Elise as a teenager. Her father is arrested and accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and her family is sent to an internment camp, where she meets Mariko whose family has been sent because they are Japanese. The girls form a friendship and promise to meet in New York once they turn eighteen. Of course, the story doesn’t take that course and we learn of the different trajectories, mostly focused on Elise. It was an enjoyable read and moved along at a good clip. I usually like Susan Meissner’s books and this one was no exception.

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