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An exhilarating, brutally candid saga about sexuality and war, tenderness and trauma, young desire and fierce hate, as a teenage boy's unexpected, complicated relationship with a Nazi officer in a WWII death camp is resurrected in 1960s New York City.

 

We Are Only Ghosts depicts queer love against the horrors of death camps and the psychosis of those who got out alive--haunted forever by those who did not--balancing the violence and hatred of war and its aftermath with many poignant moments of tenderness and joy. For readers of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart.

 

New York City, 1968: The customers at Café Marie don't come just for the excellent coffee and pastries. They come for the sophisticated ambiance, and the illusion of being somewhere other than a bustling, exhausting city. Headwaiter Charles Ward helps create that illusion through impeccable service--unobtrusive, nearly invisible, yet always watchful.

 

It's a skill Charles honed as a young Jewish boy in war-torn Europe, when avoiding attention might mean the difference between life and death. But even then, one man saw him all too clearly--a Nazi officer who was both his savior and tormentor.

 

At seventeen, Charles was deported to Auschwitz with his family. There he was singled out by Obersturmführer Berthold Werden, who hid him in his home. Their entanglement produced a tortured affection mixed with hatred that flares to life again, decades later, when Berthold walks into Café Marie.

 

Drawn back into Berthold's orbit, Charles is forced to revisit the pain and the brief, undeniable pleasures of the life he once knew. And if he acts on his growing hunger for revenge, will he lose his only tether to the past--the only other witness to who he was and everything he endured--or find peace at last?

 

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We Are Only Ghosts

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  • Jeffrey L Richards

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