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I am always on the lookout for an enthralling historical fiction novel to transport me to another time and another place. Recently, a friend recommended The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer. This novel takes place in Budapest, Hungary and Paris, France during the late 1930’s when Europe was in the grip of the rising Nazi threat. The story begins in Budapest, Hungary as a young Hungarian Jew, Andras Levi, leaves for Paris to begin his studies at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture. While in Paris, Andras meets and falls in love with Klara, a Hungarian ballet instructor. Their love story is the centerpiece of this riveting novel that immerses the reader in the terrifying life that Hungarian Jews endured during the Second World War. I could not put this book down. Warning: it is about 600 pages in length, but every page is beautifully written and absolutely captivating. Vivid details, excellent characterization, and impeccable historical research make this book a memorable read. If you love historical fiction and are looking for a long, satisfying summer read, try The Invisible Bridge. ( Also available as a downloadable audio book or ebook ).