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Discussion Guide

Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother's Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind

By Julie Metz

This book of the month was shared and sponsored in partnership with Julie Metz.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

Eva and Eve is an intimate exploration of one family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna. Do you have family members who lived through this time? How have you learned their stories?

For children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, there is often a silence around family stories of the Nazi era. If you’ve experienced this in your family, how would you go about researching your family’s history?

In Eva and Eve, the author makes use of fictional devices in parts of the narrative. Why do you think the writer chose to do this and do you think it is effective?

“Julie Metz is a beautiful writer. In Eva and Eve she masterfully weaves the present with the past, the sweep of history with the deeply personal. She takes us along as she uncovers her mother’s miraculous escape from Vienna and retraces her family’s footsteps as they flee the Nazis and remake their lives as refugees. This is not just a voyage of personal discovery and a daughter’s quest to understand her mother but an evocative, heart-wrenching book about love, family and resilience.”

—Ariana Neumann, author of When Time Stopped


“One of the most engrossing, educational, emotional and yet effortless reads of the year so far, Eva and Eve is a stellar work of nonfiction. Weaving together multiple generations, Julie introduces us to her family and paints a vivid picture of Jewish life in Vienna prior to 1940. . . . this book is simply impossible to forget.” 

—Zibby Owens, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, for Good Morning America


“At first, Metz feeds us teaspoons of history, but soon the force of the story itself plunges us into the violent past with a cold splash. The book is tenderly written, particularly when we are so drawn in that it can feel like we have wandered into a diary, complete with details about the weather and the bloom of nature as the scenes unfold.”

—Linda F. Burghardt, Jewish Book Council