The Night Travelers
—Book Club Book Review— Title: The Night Travelers Author: Armando Lucas Correa Publisher: Atria Books @atriabooks Genre: Historical Fiction The Night Travelers is listed as Historical Fiction, but the author’s beautiful writing and multigenerational story has me calling this one a Literary Historical Fiction. It’s a beautiful masterpiece and not one to be missed. I’m so glad @mommaleighellensbooknook and I picked this one for one of our January @bookfriendsbookclub reads. We were sold on it being HF and our love for multigenerational stories, but we got so much more! Our group had an amazing discussion and the cherry on the top was zooming with Armando. Now our group is eager to read more historical books about Cuba and this author. Highly, highly recommend.
“If we close our eyes, we can build our own impenetrable wall. If we close our eyes, there isn’t a force in the world that can destroy us.”
The Night Travelers weaves together a story of three amazingly strong woman, told in three parts, from Berlin to Cuba, NYC, then back to Berlin spanning from 1931 to 2015. It deals with Eugenics, the tragedy of MS St. Louis, and Operation Pedro Pan. It’s about sacrifice and deep family roots spanning through Nazi Germany and the Cuban Revolution. It felt heartbreaking at times, as a reader, watching characters struggle through their race, nationality and religious persecutions, but the author always found a way to make you feel hope.
“What I mean is: the night belongs to us, to me and you. The night is ours.”
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I love learning through HF and let me tell you this one is a gem. The author has six pages in the back of the book with all the books he read during his research. Impeccable research!! I really didn’t know much about the MS St. Louis and the fate of the their journey nor Operation Peter Pan. I won’t forget these characters for a long time!