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"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