The Night Travelers, Armando Lucas Correa

A stunning blue night sky, with countless stars. A lit, white lighthouse sits on a rocky island in the ocean. The title is in white in the night sky.

About the Book

Berlin, 1931: Ally Keller, a talented young poet, is alone and scared when she gives birth to a mixed-race daughter she names Lilith. As the Nazis rise to power, Ally knows she must keep her baby in the shadows to protect her against Hitler’s deadly ideology of Aryan purity. But as she grows, it becomes more and more difficult to keep Lilith hidden so Ally sets in motion a dangerous and desperate plan to send her daughter across the ocean to safety.

Havana, 1958: Now an adult, Lilith has few memories of her mother or her childhood in Germany. Besides, she’s too excited for her future with her beloved Martin, a Cuban pilot with strong ties to the Batista government. But as the flames of revolution ignite, Lilith and her newborn daughter, Nadine, find themselves at a terrifying crossroads.

Berlin, 1988: As a scientist in Berlin, Nadine is dedicated to ensuring the dignity of the remains of all those who were murdered by the Nazis. Yet she has spent her entire lifetime avoiding the truth about her own family’s history. It takes her daughter, Luna, to encourage Nadine to uncover the truth about the choices her mother and grandmother made to ensure the survival of their children. And it will fall to Luna to come to terms with a shocking betrayal that changes everything she thought she knew about her family’s past.

Separated by time but united by sacrifice, four women embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of motherly love.

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My Thoughts

Trauma is inherited, it’s generational, and it carries such a heavy weight. From Germany to Cuba and back again, these 4 women are all so special in their own right.

This is a story that draws you into each woman’s storyline. I liked Ally, and my heart broke for her as hers broke. But I knew nothing good could be in store for her as she set her daughter adrift across the ocean. I related more to Lilith, who knew that Cuba was just a waypoint in her life. She lived with such indifference and hurt toward her mother for giving her away. But now she has Martin and a family, and Cuba is not in a good position. But by the time she was ready to leave, Martin wasn’t.

Last, we have Nadine and, subsequently, Luna, who is an integral part of her story. Nadine has buried her past because she doesn’t want it to swallow her whole. But Luna wants to know the family history, and Nadine won’t stand in her way. It is through the past that Luna shines; she is Ally personified in the newer generation.

The Night Travelers is a story of sacrifice, hurt, and knowing when to let go. It covers many important historical topics, such as Nazi Germany, Castro’s takeover, the Berlin wall, eugenics, and more. This is such a beautiful story of love, and I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you, Atria Books, for the advanced copy.

Review also on Goodreads and Bookbub.

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