The Blood Lie

The Blood Lie

by Shirley Reva Vernick


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ISBN-13: 9781933693842
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,245,031
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Shirley Reva Vernick’s interviews and feature articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, national newspapers , and the publications of Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Boston Universities. She also runs a popular storytelling website,, which is used in schools, libraries, hospitals and homes all over the world. Shirley graduated from Cornell University, majoring in economics and nutrition, and is an alumna of the Radcliffe Writing Seminars. She grew up in the town where the blood libel happened, as did her father, whose family was directly victimized by it. She now lives with her husband, two daughters, and two frisky dogs in Western Massachusetts, where she has recently helped make her town a certified fair-trade community.

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The Blood Lie 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 7 months ago
While this novella has a very important message of the damaging effects of hate, the way it is presented is not in the most effective manner. When a young girl disappears, a lie is created to divert police away from a different crime and in the direction of the Jewish "murderers". Rumors circulate, fingers are pointed, and an entire religion is blamed for the murder of a child. My issue with this novel was that it just didn't read powerfully enough for such a huge subject matter. It takes place during Prohibition, but other than a few lines that seems a bit like forced role-playing the story really could have taken place in modern day. Maybe I'm just picky because historical fiction is my favorite, but if a story is going to be set in the past, it should really take place in the past. Other than that, the story peaks very early and then kind of just ends. There is no real build up, no suspense, no real emotion. That was my biggest issue, I wanted to connect to the characters and the plot, I just didn't care for any of them.Based on a true story, the basis of the novel is very powerful in itself. Unfortunately, the power and raw emotion in such an event were not transferred well from page to reader. However, it was a very quick read (I read it in one sitting) and it is interesting how lie from one selfish person turns a town into chaos and socially turns against a religion.
LeRoux More than 1 year ago
An interesting look into a past often hidden by local histories. A small town still today, Massena N.Y. is the true setting for a tale that could have happened in almost any town 1928. A crime thought to have been committed, guarded tolerance, religious ignorance and forbidden love. If not for my own knowledge of the events I would think S.R.Vernick has a healthy imagination. A good book for teens or a quick afternoon read. I rather enjoyed it.