Sun, Jan 17 | Online via Zoom


Sponsors: CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and the Jewish Book Council
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Time & Location

Jan 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST
Online via Zoom

About the Event

The Last Train to London is not only a national bestseller, but also a Historical Novels Review Editor’s Choice and a Jewish Book Award Finalist. Here, Waite conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story that centers on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.  Despite the Nazis’ grip on Germany in the mid-1930s, there is hope in the darkness. Truus Wijsmuller risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss—Hitler’s annexation of Austria—as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape.

Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad.

You may purchase The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton at:

Flashlight Books in Walnut Creek


Rakestraw Books in Danville

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Sponsors: CCJCC, Cong. B'nai Shalom and the Jewish Book Council.

More About The Author:

New York Times bestseller and book club favorite Meg Waite Clayton is the author of seven novels. Her most recent, the Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London, is a national bestseller in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, and is published or forthcoming in 19 languages. Her screenplay for the novel was chosen for the prestigious Meryl Streep- and Nicole Kidman-sponsored The Writers Lab.  Meg’s prior novels include the #1 Amazon fiction bestseller Beautiful Exiles; The Race for Paris; The Wednesday Sisters, named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time; and The Language of Light. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and public radio, often on the particular challenges women face. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, she has also written a monthly audiobook review for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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