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A magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love

Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, A Master Plan for Rescue is an enchanting novel about the life-giving powers of storytelling and the heroism that can be inspired by love. In essence, it is two love stories: that of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief, and that of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches his beloved decline, forever changing the arc of his future. Each story is propelled by the belief that if one acts heroically enough, it will restore some part of what—or whom—has been lost.

But when they meet, this boy and this man, their combined grief and magical thinking allow them to dream the impossible. Sharing stories of the people they have lost, they are inspired to join forces and act in their memory—to do something so memorable that it might actually bring their loved ones back—even if only in spirit.

A Master Plan for Rescue is a beautiful tale, propelled by history and imagination, that suggests people’s impact upon the world doesn’t necessarily end with their lives, and that, to some degree, we are the sum of the stories we tell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Two dreamers create an audacious plan to rescue a group of Jewish children. Newman makes vivid the daily risks and courageous choices individuals face in wartime.”


  • “A magical novel with the power and resonance of a fable. A Master Plan for Rescue is about seeing and being seen, the importance of bearing witness, the lengths we will go for love, and the enduring capacity for hope.”

    Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

  • A Master Plan for Rescue tells several stories: a young boy coming to terms with bullying and death; a mother’s inability to deal with grief; a man haunted by the woman he left behind…And all these stories are told with insight and an almost-magical belief in possibilities.”


  • “A delicate, surprising novel about the ties that bind family and those we love over the ravages of time. This is a World War II novel, but unlike any I’d read before. Janis Cooke Newman is just so wonderful at bringing details of the past to life. She one of the best historical novelists we have today. I loved this book.”

    Katie Crouch, author of Girls in Trucks

  • One of the BBC’s Best Books to Read in July
  • A BookPage Book of the Day
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About the Author

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, on the board of Litquake, and a founder and organizer of the Lit Camp writers conference.