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From the prize-winning author of My Quest for Peace. Winner of the Bamahane Prize.

Inspired by the lives of two World War II heroines, this remarkable debut novel reveals the incredible power of two women who changed history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

In their early teens, two girls were forced to sit next to each other in school. Although they were complete opposites - one a social butterfly and the other a withdrawn bookworm - they soon realized that they shared similar experiences, hopes, and dreams. Over time, they became best friends, against all expectations.

Until the war broke out.

Now, each was thrown into opposite sides of the conflict. And mistakes were made - unforgivable mistakes that would shape both their futures.

How could their friendship possibly endure?

Based on a true story.

Advance praise for The Two Marias:

"Wonderful.... A wry, sharply observed tale of both heroism and coming-of-age-story during one of the darkest times in humanity." (Nadia Joels, The Ladies' Book Club)

"Compulsively readable.... Kis-Lev establishes himself as a distinctively contemporary literary voice." (The Reviewer)

"Biting, brilliant exploration of a female friendship from the eyes of a sensitive man. And though The Two Marias focuses on young women, readers need be neither young nor female in order to enjoy it...." (Brendon Kahn, The Last Opinion)

©2017 Jonathan Kis-Lev (P)2018 Jonathan Kis-Lev

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Best book I have read this year!

I learned a piece of history I never knew about while reading this very well written and researched book! I love novels that are entwined around actual events. This novel follows two women, Helena Goldstein and Maria Bozek Novak, starting in the early 1930's. How these women are impacted by World War II and how their lives intersect is the crux of this amazing story. I have read many books set in this same time frame, but this book came from two perspectives that I had not read before. After the first few chapters I was totally hooked. loved it!!

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