Saturday, April 25, 2015
A tale of two families
Sande Boritz Berger debut book is a representation of life in both America and war-ravaged Europe during World War II. Rosha Kaninsky is the beloved child of her doting parents, who live Vilna. Protected and coddled, her parents and grandmother shield her from the gathering storm raging outside their door. The Nazi's have invaded, wreaking chaos with everyday life, and her loving parents are forced to make heart-wrenching decisions to save their only child's life.
On the other side of the world, Mira Kane, Rosha's first cousin is growing up privileged in
Brooklyn. Chafing from her father's stifling over-protection, she strives to break free from
his control to embrace life on her own terms. Two women, both loved, living under totally different circumstances, Rosha's tragedy influencing the way Mira's life is allowed to develop. Berger paints a realistic portrait of war-torn Europe, as well as the care-free, but guilt ridden Jewish existence in the states. Unknown by her American relatives, Rosha is hidden by a sympathetic candlemaker. At the same time her cousin navigates the shifting reality for women in the States while dealing with the heavy burden of knowing they were both safe and free, the unthinkable is happening in Europe. Lovingly written portrait of a family separated by war.
Carole P. Roman