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New BAM! Book Club Fiction Pick

November 2, 2021
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"Chess is my game. It's always been my game. And after all this time, this game will end my way." —The Last Checkmate, by Gabriella Saab

The Tattooist of Auschwitz meets The Queen's Gambit in The Last Checkmate, a powerful World War II-era novel about determination, courage, and survival.

This unforgettably heart-wrenching tale centers on a young Polish resistance worker imprisoned in the notorious Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. An avid chess player, Maria is forced to entertain the guards by playing the game against the sadistic camp deputy. He has no intention of sparing her forever, though, and she must rely on her wits and skill to secure her own freedom and avenge the deaths of her family.

In a cleverly plotted strategy, Maria seeks to orchestrate the downfall of her opponent once and for all—in one final game of life or death.

"Despite its moments of suffering and loss," writes author Gabriella Saab, "this story is meant to be one of resistance, courage, and hope, and to serve as a reminder that goodness and good people will always remain in the world, even when the world is suffering from the darkest evil."

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