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Launch set for Tucsonan’s novel based on WWII resisters

Jillian Cantor (Alan Cantor)

The Tucson Jewish Community Center will present a book launch party and signing by local author Jillian Cantor for her new historical novel, “The Lost Letter,” on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. The event will include a question and answer period with the author.

Inspired by World War II resistance workers, “The Lost Letter” moves from a stamp engraver’s apprentice in Austria on the eve of Kristallnacht to a journalist coping with her father’s memory loss in Los Angeles in 1989. Cantor “effectively harnesses the story’s emotional resonance, slowly building tension before resolving the mystery and converging the two story lines,” says Publishers Weekly.

“Vivid and original,” says Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of “The Kommandant’s Girl.”  “In this unforgettable tale of memories, love and reconciliation, Cantor writes with an absorbing voice and keen eye for detail that caught me up in the sweep of history.”

Cantor is the author of the critically acclaimed “Margot” and “The Hours Count.” Born and raised near Philadelphia, Cantor received her MFA in writing at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two sons.

Books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 299-3000.