Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. But now, the allies are closing in and the sisters have one last hurdle to face: the death march from Auschwitz, as the Nazis try to erase any evidence of the prisoners held there. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape formation and hide in the woods for days before being rescued.
And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. Livia, Magda, and Cibi must face the ghosts of their past—and some secrets that they have kept from each other—to find true peace and happiness.
Inspired by a true story, and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, Three Sisters will hold a place in readers' hearts and minds as they experience what true courage really is.
“Three Sisters . . . takes readers on an emotional roller coaster . . . As fascinating as the novel is, the story of how Morris came to discover the women whom she based her plot around is equally compelling.”—Hadassah Magazine
"Livia, Cibi and Magda promise their dying father they'll stick together—a vow later tested at Auschwitz, on a so-called death march and in the postwar era. A stunning novel based on the true story of sisters acquainted with the real-life subjects of Morris's 2018 bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz."—People
"A plethora of Survivor stories has flooded the market in recent years but each one carries its own unique message of resilience, memory and affirmation of life. Three Sisters—with its troika biography of the Slovakian Meller sisters—is a welcome contribution to the genre and also stands as an ultimate testament to the love and commitment of siblings to each other."—Booktopia
"Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) follows the real-life Meller sisters, who all survived imprisonment at Auschwitz-Birkenau and a winter death march during WWII, in her extraordinary latest. Morris skillfully chronicles the lives of the sisters from childhood to old age, balancing fictional invention with extensive research and immersion into the Mellers’ lives. Readers will be greatly inspired by this story of resilience."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Vranov nad Topl’ou, Slovakia
The three sisters, Cibi, Magda and Livi, sit in a tight circle with their father in the small backyard of their home. The oleander bush their mother...