Anja the Liar by Thomas Moran

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The emotionally stirring story of desperation and intrigue in the wake of World War II.

Anja Wienewska, frail and anxious, has narrowly survived World War II in German-occupied Krakow-and how she did it is her ugly secret. She meets Walter Fass-a soldier from the defeated side, with secrets of his own-at the gate of a displaced persons camp. They form a marriage of convenience, each desperately hoping to become someone new, to leave behind the haunting memories of who he was-and what he did-in wartime. They flee to Walter's family farm at the foot of the Italian Alps and there become more to each other than refugees with a common enemy. But when an old war comrade of Walter's shows up on their doorstep, their fragile peace begins to unravel. Anja the Liar is the story of three people who cannot leave the war behind, who carry it inside of them, informing their every thought, every action-and the devastating consequences of their uneasy alliance.

About Thomas Moran

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Thomas Moran is the author of "The Man in the Box," "The World I Made for Her," "Water," "Carry Me"-which earned an International IMPAC Dublin Award nomination and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship-and "What Harry Saw," His novels have been translated into seven languages.
Published September 29, 2003 by Riverhead Hardcover. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Taking advantage of his status (i.e., his papers were in order), Anja and Walter married (she was trying to pass herself off as a German), thereby freeing her from the risk of being repatriated to Poland—where she risked being exposed as a collaborator and shot.

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The two make the practical decision to marry—Walter offers Anja the shelter of his uncle's Tyrolean farm, and Anja helps one-armed Walter with the farmwork—and they gradually come to feel affection for each other.

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