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The Last Brother

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Author: 
Nathacha Appanah
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In 1944 on the island of Mauritius, Raj, the son of an alcoholic and abusive father, has recently lost his two brothers.  Hiding outside in the brush, Raj is fascinated and confused by the sad and sickly white captives he sees in the prison yard where his father works.  When circumstances bring Raj inside the prison walls, he befriends the golden-haired David, whom he later learns is a Jewish orphan.  The two boys cling to one another and find happiness in the wake of loss and turmoil.  Many years later, Raj learns the sad plight of the Jews of Mauritius, and comes to a better understanding of his friend David’s dire situation. Beautifully translated from the French, The Last Brother is a heartbreaking and unforgettable story of friendship and loss.

Reviewer: 
Lori Siegel