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Searching by Rochel Istrin

Searching by Rochel Istrin is a beautiful novel that deserves a second life. This gripping tale follows the story of a young mother and that of the family from which she is cruelly torn apart.

Searching by Rochel IstrinHere’s an excerpt from from the back cover copy:

Young and feisty Zelda must escape to far-off America when anti-Semitic villagers accuse her of espionage. She must leave behind her two small children, Yosseleh and Ruchka, her violinist husband Leizer – and life as she’s known it.

Dramatic enough right there, but then World War II intervenes and makes it impossible for Zelda’s family to join her in America.

After surviving in the forest with the partisans, Leizer finds himself on a freight train bound for Siberia – alone.

When the war ends, Zelda goes back to Europe, determine to find out what happened to her husband and children.

Will the family ever be whole again? Will Zelda ever be able to rebuild the tattered relationship with the child she left behind so young? Will Zelda and Leizer find each other once more?

This isn’t a long book, but is a suspenseful one. It’s also clearly well researched. Many Holocaust novels strive for some hope through contrived happy endings that are oh, so predictable. This isn’t one them. There’s hope here, and happiness, too, to be found among the tears, but they don’t come easy nor the way one would expect them.

Searching was Rochel Istrin’s first novel. Unfortunately for her, it was released just as her first publisher was closing and it never got the distribution and publicity this book deserved. So let’s try to make up for that now by giving this one a second shot and spreading the word. It’s a short book that’s worth the read.

Published by Targum.

We received a review copy of this book.

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Rochel Istrin is also the author of:

Hidden by Rochel Istrin

 

Pain Relief by Peri Berger

Pain Relief by Peri Berger is one of those books that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go – not for a long time after you’ve finished it. I was stunned by this one.

pain relief by peri bergerFirst, there’s the unusual subject matter. Yes, it’s a family drama. Yes, there are teenagers with problems involved. And as the cover and title suggest, someone is addicted to drugs.

But – here’s the first shocker – it isn’t one of the kids.

It’s Mom.

Here’s the book’s cover blurb:

Happy marriage, great kids, devoted parents, a flourishing business — Hindy Fishman seems to have it all. No job seems too big for her to tackle, no goal too far to reach. How can a simple fall change all that? Could this really be happening to her? How could someone like her wind up in rehab?

Well.  There are no trite answers here. Just like in real life, Hindy’s going to have to face what got her into this mess, and how her addiction has affected her family.

The author isn’t out to make us feel good, so there are no pat endings here.  Sometimes, when we make mistakes, we cannot unmake them.  We cannot take away the hurt we’ve inflicted on others, no matter how much we wish we could have a do-over.  Sometimes, the best we can do is learn to live with the consequences of what we’ve done.

If that sounds depressing, it’s not – it’s just to say that this isn’t a sappy book that bends reality just to make its readers feel good.  It’s a mature read that grows its characters and treats its readers with respect.

There is much here for adults, spouses, teenagers and parents to take away from this sobering and yet truly hopeful, loving novel.

It was my first introduction to Peri Berger, which is inexcusable, since this book is far from her first, and it was serialized in Hamodia, too.  It took me a while to digest it, but as soon as I could stop thinking about Pain Relief for a few minutes, what did I do but go pick up another Peri Berger novel!

Published by Jerusalem Publications.

We received a review copy of this book.

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Peri Berger is also the author of:

The Narrow Bridge by Peri Berger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Tolerance by Peri Berger