"She tells a taut, convincing story-each border crossing is as gripping as the last, and the wartime life of shortages, rations and continuous fear is rendered with a fine eye for detail."
- New York Times Book Review
"A competent escape saga--with the built-in solidity of fiction that reflects real tales of courage no less extraordinary."
- Kirkus Review
"Lovers & Fugitives" is no frothy little romance that trivializes its unspeakable background, nor is it a simple novel of suspense. It's a perceptive account of the impact of of real and present evil on personal lives, the everydayness of it, and what it takes for at least one family to survive it: a wise endurance, continuing hope and luck. In Mautner's fine hands the result is a textured work in which the dark threads set off rather than overwhelm the bright ones."
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Mrs. Mautner tells a tale of small tensions and small heroisms that build to a breathless denouement.."
- Kansas City Star
"A vivid, haunting novel" - Publisher's Weekly
"A jewel of a second novel"
- The Macon Beacon
"The novel works because its characters, caught up in a ghastly, inhuman drama, remain altogether human. It should be gratifying reading for anyone in need of a reminder of just how much that can mean."
- Pacific Sun
"...breathtaking and explosive......Beautiful and lyrical writing by Mautner, who brings her own experiences to the novel."
- Pat Royal, Prince George's County Public School System, Md.
LOVERS AND FUGITIVES
"LOVERS AND FUGITIVES" is a spellbinding tale of suspense set amidst the horrors of the Holocaust, an inspiring tribute to the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity, and a tender story of real people, locked in a common struggle, who redefine the word love. In this, Gabriella Mautner's superb second novel, she recounts the triumphs and the defeats of a German Jewish family in flight from the terrors of the Nazi camps.
Mautner introduces us to characters not soon forgotten. Saskia, the young artist who cannot comprehend a world gone mad. Saskia's mother, Helga, who has already lost her husband to war, and has sworn that, at least, her daughter will survive. And finally David, a man who is alive only through incredible luck and whose deepest fears now include simple trust and love.
We walk side by side with these characters as they pursue the freedom and peace that seem destined to elude them. And like them, we are never quite sure who is a friend and who an enemy, right down to the breath-taking conclusion.
"LOVERS AND FUGITIVES" is a compelling tale of the survival of love in the face of tremendous odds. It is a book rich in images that will haunt you for a long time to come.
"LOVERS & FUGITIVES" was first published by Mercury House, San Francisco and was republished by Replica Books, both in hardcover and paperback. It garnered a number of fine reviews from Publisher's Weekly, The Kirkus Review, The New York Times, The Cleveland Dealer, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Kansas City Star, and many others.
"LOVERS & FUGITIVES" has been reissued in 2011 by The Authors Guild and is now available at iUniverse.com.