England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn
is dead, decapitated in the space
of a heartbeat by a hired French
executioner. As her remains are
bundled into oblivion, Thomas
Cromwell breakfasts with the victors.
Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired
librarian in Florida, is shelving books
one morning when her eyes lock on a
photograph in a magazine lying open
nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a
book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—
The Book of Lost Names.
Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-
year-old in 1943–aware of the war but
distanced from its reach. Then her
father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two
decades, is suddenly arrested on
suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer.
Halfway through a midsummer afternoon
performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum
and Bailey Circus’s big top caught fire.
The tent had been waterproofed with a
mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in
seconds it was burning out of control, and
more than 8,000 people were trapped inside.
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure
hunter in another life, but now she’s
washed up. She makes her living faking
salvage legends and selling them to the
highest bidder, but this time she might
have stumbled on something real–a famous
warship, capable of untold destruction.
Julie is missing, and the missing
don’t often return. But Elise knows
Julie better than anyone, and she
feels in her bones that her best
friend is out there, and that one
day she’ll come back.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves
between two worlds: the poor neighborhood
where she lives and the fancy prep school
she attends. The balance between these
worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses
the shooting of her childhood best friend
Khalil at the hands of a police officer.