Rachel and Aleks
by Sylvia Smoller      
Rachel and Aleks

Is life determined by chance or character?

     Rachel and Aleks escape the Holocaust

  Will love survive?

Based on real events, this sweeping historical novel tells the story of a couple caught in the momentous upheavals of World War II, their destinies driven by the force of their characters and the courage of a Japanese diplomat, Consul Sugihara.

In this novel Dr. Smoller explores the impact of historical and political events on individual lives and on the conflicts arising from friendship, family ties and love. 

Against the backdrop of Europe and America before and during the war, Rachel and Aleks' struggle with their marriage culminates in Rachel's own answer to Freud's famous question: What do women want?

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