The Lost Family

Commercial Fiction

by Jenna Blum
June 2018 – HarperCollins US

THE LOST FAMILY, the third novel by New York Times and international bestselling author Jenna Blum, is the story of German Jewish concentration camp survivor and refugee Peter Rashkin as he seeks to build a new life for himself in the United States while outrunning the memories of the family he left behind.

Spanning the American landscape from the East Coast to the Midwest during three turbulent post-war decades, from the 1960s New York restaurant scene to 1970s Vietnam fallout in wealthy suburban enclaves to the pinnacles of success and debauchery in Manhattan’s 1980s art world, THE LOST FAMILY offers a portrait of an American family trying to survive radically changing times while haunted by the legacy of war.

Told from the perspective of Peter, the refugee and successful restaurateur; his American wife June, a Midwestern prom queen turned supermodel and feminist; and their feisty, troubled teenaged daughter Elsbeth, THE LOST FAMILY is the ongoing American story: a meditation on the cost of social change, the meaning of family, the price of silence, and the tenacity of hope.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2002) and The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010) and novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central (Berkeley/ Penguin, 2014). Jenna interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation; she is a professional public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to discuss her experiences and writing. Jenna has written the screenplay for Those Who Save Us, currently under option. She is based in Boston and often writes at a family home in Minnesota. To learn more about Jenna, please visit and follow her on Facebook,, and on Twitter, @jenna_blum.


« It’s that kind of book, the kind that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope. Jenna Blum shines a brave and powerful light on how the past swings back and how we must face it. Compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary. »
—Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times and International bestselling author of Sarah’s Keys

« I was spellbound from the start of THE LOST FAMILY. The writing is so smart and empathetic and I think what will stay with me the most are the characters, who on the surface embody glamour and verve, but who are in fact all striving to find happiness under a legacy of devastating loss. This is a dazzling novel of great compassion, honestly reckoning with the time-and-place-spanning ripple effect of great pain as well as love. »
—Laura Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chaperone