Thursday, July 12, 2018

What the Night Sings

This book is so different from other "Holocaust" books and is just beautiful.  It begins at the end of the war with Gerta being liberated from Bergen-Belsen.  She is sick, starving, and lost.  Before the war she didn't even know she was Jewish and was on her way to becoming an acclaimed singer.  Now she has no voice, no identity, no where to belong.  Gerta, along with other survivors, must figure out where to go and give herself permission to live, to hope, and to love.  

The book is quiet, especially at the beginning as Gerta's history is slowly revealed and as she comes to terms with her new reality.  But the hope really shines through.  Very well done.

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