The Butterfly
In THE BUTTERFLY, Paul M. Hedeen takes us back to the fall of 1963, a few weeks before President Kennedy’s assassination. An obscure émigré Russian professor dies of a stroke—or so it is believed. The professor’s eccentricities and complicity create both mystery and jeopardy as his documents lead his student backward into a century of famine, political terror, and war and forward into a bewildering underworld of malevolent opportunists, unstable identities, and improvised histories.

When the student falls in with the troubled daughter of the Nazi elite, she becomes his lover, guide, and tormentor as both are irresistibly drawn into the dark aftermath of World War II. Memoirs, fairy tales, fiction, and scenarios interweave and reveal the postwar fate of Eva Braun and secrets concerning the famous Holocaust photo, “The Last Jew in Vinnitsa.”
The Butterfly by Paul Hedeen
Paul M. Hedeen
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-947727-33-5
Softcover:   978-1-947727-34-2
Ebook:         978-1-948540-60-5
LCCN: 2018930618

Page Count: 380
Release Date: 2/21/2019
Historical Fiction / WWII
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"…engaging…as packed as an ammo train and almost as threateningly explosive…
— Gary Eller author of Thin Ice and Other Risks
"…life changing! This book opened my eyes…
— Adriana A., NetGalley Reviewer and blogger at Books With Adri
"…fascinating…sheds light on a difficult period in human history…
— Fred L. Holmes, director of Dakota
Go Beyond the Novel
In his three-part blog series, author Paul M. Hedeen discusses his inspiration and the history behind his novel, The Butterfly.

Featured title in The Booklist Reader (Booklist): "Cover Trend Alert: Long Road, Dusky Clouds" (February 7, 2019). 
“Humanity’s story zooms into unexpected and shadowy directions while Paul M. Hedeen, our remarkable sleuth, trails those diverging and converging footprints, unveils elusive road signs, and sneaks up on secrets that have hidden behind terror, unease, sighs of relief, and love.”
— Carolyn Chute, Guggenheim and PEN award winner
and author of many best-selling novels, including The Beans of Egypt, Maine
"The Butterfly is a novel that does not blink. It tells of the experiences of prominent Nazi figures, like Eva Braun, and it envisions how the experience of WWII was felt by characters long after the war’s end. This is a book that not only accounts for how Nazism came to be but can imagine how it has never quite left us. It is a unsettling and powerful novel."
— Jim O'Loughlin author of Dean Dean Dean Dean
Book Information & Awards
The Pushcart Prize, 2020
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Finalist: Best Literary Fiction
Foreword Reviews Indie Book Awards, 2019