The Book Thief

Why do you suppose the author did not reveal what happened to Liesel in the years between her reunion with Max and the time of her death?

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Zusak was concerned about his characters at a given point in time. He skips ten years to allow hindsight and reflection before the two characters meet. War and peace time are two very different entities. There is both a sense of maturation and internal reckoning in both these characters which makes the reunion all the more poignant.