The Puppet Boy of Warsaw
The Puppet Boy of Warsaw is the story of Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat from his grandfather and discovers a puppet in one of its many secret pockets.
He becomes a puppeteer in the Warsaw ghetto, but when his talent is discovered, Mika is forced to entertain the occupying German troops instead of his countrymen. It is also the story of Max, a German soldier stationed in Warsaw, whose experiences in Poland and later in Siberia's Gulag show a different side to the Second World War. As one of Mika's puppets is passed to the soldier, a war-torn legacy is handed from one generation to another.
Gripping and heartbreaking in equal measure, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw is a story of courage and redemption, and marks the arrival of an important new talent.
Eva Weaver is a writer, coach, art therapist and performance artist; often exploring issues of belonging and history in her work. Like many Germans, she is haunted by the events of the Second World War, which inspired her to write this novel. She moved to Britain 16 years ago, lives in Brighton and is currently working on her second novel, The Ship of Fools.