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Short Synopsis
In Louise Murphy's riveting novel, two Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Poland must hide with a "witch" in a forest under their new identities—Hansel and Gretel. Contains mature themes.

Full Synopsis
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel". They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy's haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel tells a resonant, riveting story.

"Lyrical, haunting, unforgettable." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"[S]earing narrative transforms the old archetypes. . . . [A] gripping narrative" ---Booklist

"A provocative transformation of the classic fairy tale." ---Publishers Weekly

"Favorably comparable to the most haunting novels about World War II, Murphy's dark retelling of the familiar fairy tale will stay with listeners long after the final word is spoken." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review
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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

A Novel of War and Survival

Author Louise Murphy

Narrated by Michael Page

Publication date Apr 9, 2014

Running time 10 hrs

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