Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History

Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History

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by Helen Epstein
     
 

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A sequel to her groundbreaking book, Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From is a daughter’s memoir of her mother’s family. Drawing on her journalistic training, the author demonstrates how documentary research can unearth family history and bridge the historical chasm of the Shoah. This book is at once a memoir, a family history and a social… See more details below

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A sequel to her groundbreaking book, Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From is a daughter’s memoir of her mother’s family. Drawing on her journalistic training, the author demonstrates how documentary research can unearth family history and bridge the historical chasm of the Shoah. This book is at once a memoir, a family history and a social history of Central European Jews of the 19th and 20th centuries. The three generations of women she portrays are dressmakers; the fashion salon, a refuge and a rare institution where women could speak.

“In the guise of a family memoir, she brilliantly evokes Jewish life in the Czech lands... Epstein is unsparing, and unlike many family biographers, who are in thrall to their characters, she steps out of the frame to observe herself.” - New York Times Book Review, Ruth Gay

“In Epstein's expert and sensitive hands, truth becomes not only stranger than fiction, but more magnetic, wise and powerful.” - Gloria Steinem

“Helen Epstein's literary pilgrimage to her past will enrich our quest for memory and understanding. Written with her superb talent of storytelling, her tale is profoundly human.” - Elie Wiesel

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Editorial Reviews

Ruth Gay
What we so coldly call "acculturation" is a major theme of Helen Epstein's rich and absorbing new book, Where She Came From. In the guise of a family memoir, she brilliantly evokes Jewish life in the Czech lands.... Epstein is unsparing in her examination of the trials of transplantation, and unlike many family biographers, who are in thrall to their characters, she steps out of the frame to observe herself.
Jill Jaracz
Basing most of her research on a 12-page letter and an unpublished memoir written by her mother, Epstein traces her history by searching for information in archives and hunting down people who knew her family. Rich in detail, this work is told with a strong voice, and the result is a moving account of a family history and the strength of its women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011804052
Publisher:
Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date:
10/02/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
839,108
File size:
2 MB

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