Author: Helen Maryles Shankman
Source: from publisher for review
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Summary: I loved how these connected short stories revealed more layers of each character as they went and also how the magical realism and surprising acts of kindness brought hope to otherwise bleak stories.
This collection of connected short stories is set during the Nazi occupation of Wlodawa, Poland. The people we meet there include “a cold-blooded SS officer dedicated to rescuing the creator of his son’s favorite picture book, even as he helps exterminate the artist’s friends and family; a Messiah who appears in a little boy’s bedroom to announce that he is quitting; a young Jewish girl who is hidden by the town’s most outspoken anti-Semite—and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are two unforgettable figures: the enigmatic and silver-tongued Willy Reinhart, Commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect “his” Jews, and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker and his family, struggling to survive.” (source) Read more »