Anna and the Swallow Man

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Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit is historical fiction set during World War II. Seven-year old Anna is left alone after her only parent, her father, is taken away. She meets the Swallow Man who speaks many languages just like her father did. Heart wrenching, worrisome, maddening, uplifting and also frustrating, the story doesn’t really end; it sort of drops off.  I researched into the potassium iodide that the Swallow Man supposedly took for his psychosis, but the uses for potassium iodide never were for mental disorders.  That frustrated me a bit.  I like things to be accurate as much as possible, especially with historical fiction.

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