A young Jewish boy who believes the crowded train is taking him to find his papa, a patriotic American family ripped from their Pennsylvania home for no reason other than their German heritage, and a disilusioned SS officer risking life and family in a seemingly impossible quest to stop the extermination of his Jewish countrymen. In When We Were Brave, we experience the horrors—and hopes—of WWII through three unique, but ultimately connected stories. Each is deeply moving in its own way, and ultimately connected to the others.
Whether you’re a history buff or just a lover of tales well told, read Karla Jay’s book.
2020 Pinnacle Book Award, Historical Fiction
2020 IPA Distinguished Favorite Award
2020 TYLER R. TICHELAAR AWARD for BEST HISTORICAL FICTION — MARQUETTE FICTION
2020 First Place Award, Historical Fiction for Reader’s View Contest
2020 Book Excellence Award for Historical Fiction
In WHEN WE WERE BRAVE, we find a conflicted SS officer, Wilhelm Falk, who risks everything to escape the Wehrmacht and get out the message about the death camps. Izaak is a young Jewish boy whose positive outlook is challenged daily as each new perilous situation comes along. American citizens, Herbert Müller and his family, are sent back to the hellish landscape of Germany because of the DNA coursing through their veins. In the panorama of World War II, these are the high-stakes plots and endearing characters whose braided fates we pray will work out in the end.
Karla M. Jay’s novel When We Were Brave employs a dramatic triangle to create a highly-emotional, epic story of World War II, one that is as vivid as it is highly personal. Here is a moving, riveting tale that shows you how things once were–and how similar those times can feel to our own. Scott Lasser – Author of Say Nice Things About Detroit, Screenwriter for HBO’s True Detective Series
About the Author
Raised in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania, Karla M. Jay has worked as a speech pathologist since 1982. When she is not home in Utah gardening or writing, she is traveling, trying to see as many countries as possible–in particular, those with good coffee, ancient history, and great beaches.