01 April 2019

Nothing Is Forgotten | Book Review


From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes “a sweeping tale full of humor and heartbreak” (Karin Tanabe, author of The Diplomat’s Daughter) about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev’s Russia and the beaches of Southern France to discover long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

In 1950s New Jersey, teacher Michael Daniels—or Misha Dainov to his doting Russian-Jewish grandmother—is at loose ends, until he becomes the host of a nightly underground radio show. Not only does the show become a local hit because of his running satires of USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev, but half a world away, it picks up listeners in a small Soviet city.

There, with rock and roll leaking in through bootlegged airwaves, Yulianna Kosoy—a war orphan in her mid-twenties—is sneaking American goods into the country with her boss, Der Schmuggler.

But just as Michael’s radio show is taking off, his grandmother is murdered. Why would anyone commit such an atrocity against such a warm, affable woman? She had always been secretive about her past and, as Michael discovers, guarded a shadowy ancestral history. In order to solve the mystery of who killed her, Michael sets out for Europe to learn where he—and his grandmother—really came from.

“Both heartbreaking and mesmerizing, Nothing Is Forgotten is the sort of book you won’t soon forget…Cold War Europe, lingering Nazi secrets, and the tragic history faced by millions of families not only bring this tale to life but will keep you turning the pages” (Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author) and will appeal to fans of novels by Anita Diamant and Kristin Hannah.

“Golden draws a vivid portrait of the Cold War era, but it is the complex and unexpected connection between Holocaust survivors and their descendants that turns this book into a page-turner.” (RT Book Reviews)

Nothing Is Forgotten is a Russian nesting doll of plot twists across continents and decades. This cleverly constructed Cold War tale, based on gripping true events, keeps readers eagerly anticipating what lies at its heart.” (Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children)

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: April 10, 2018


Michael Daniels loves his grandmother, Emma, dearly, but when he stumbles across her murdered body one morning, he realizes he might not have known her. He then embarks on a journey around Europe and the U.S., beginning for the sake of safety, but continuing to discover the truth of his family history. Along the way, he gathers pieces of that truth, connecting post-war Nazi trials, the KGB, Picasso, plenty of secrets, and more.

Nothing Is Forgotten by Peter Golden starts slow, and admittedly, I wondered where Michael’s story would go (I didn’t refresh my memory of the blurb when I started). But when he starts his travels, I was hooked. The truth he gradually uncovers about Emma’s life is both intriguing and devastating. It broke my heart that such events could be based in reality, and Golden writes it so well that I felt the impact along with the characters.

Nothing Is Forgotten is an incredible historical read. I highly recommend it.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, novelist, biographer, and historian. He lives outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son. He is the acclaimed author of the novels Comeback Love, Wherever There Is Light, and Nothing Is Forgotten.


1 comment:

  1. Wow- I'm so glad you loved this one! What a great review, thanks for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours