"The Mark of the Angel" is a haunting and unforgettable tale of three lives woven together by longing, fate, and the almost unimaginable weight of history.
The year is 1957, and the place is Paris where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal. Saffie, an emotionally damaged young German woman arrives on the doorstep of Raphael, a privileged musician who finds her distance irresistible, hires her, and over the next few days seduces her and convinces her to marry him. But when Raphael sends Saffie on an errand to the Jewish ghetto, where she meets Andras, a Hungarian instrument maker, each of their lives will be altered in startling and unexpected ways. As Saffie learns to reconnect, the rising tide of violence surrounding the brutal war for Algerian independence evokes long buried memories that threaten to engulf them. "The Mark of the Angel" is a mesmerizing novel of love, betrayal, and the ironies of history.