Eli's Promise: A Novel

Eli's Promise: A Novel

by Ronald H. Balson

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"National Jewish Book Award winter Ron Balson returns triumphantly with Eli’s Promise, a captivating saga of the Holocaust and its aftermath spanning decades and continents. Readers will not be able to put this book down, but will turn the pages compulsively with heart in throat, eager to learn the fate of the Rosen family. Balson’s meticulous historical detail, vivid prose and unforgettable characters further solidify his place among the most esteemed writers of historical fiction today."
Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost Girls of Paris

A "fixer" in a Polish town during World War II, his betrayal of a Jewish family, and a search for justice 25 years later—by the winner of the National Jewish Book Award.


Eli's Promise is a masterful work of historical fiction spanning three eras—Nazi-occupied Poland, the American Zone of post-war Germany, and Chicago at the height of the Vietnam War. Award-winning author Ronald H. Balson explores the human cost of war, the mixed blessings of survival, and the enduring strength of family bonds.

1939: Eli Rosen lives with his wife Esther and their young son in the Polish town of Lublin, where his family owns a construction company. As a consequence of the Nazi occupation, Eli’s company is Aryanized, appropriated and transferred to Maximilian Poleski—an unprincipled profiteer who peddles favors to Lublin’s subjugated residents. An uneasy alliance is formed; Poleski will keep the Rosen family safe if Eli will manage the business. Will Poleski honor his promise or will their relationship end in betrayal and tragedy?

1946: Eli resides with his son in a displaced persons camp in Allied-occupied Germany hoping for a visa to America. His wife has been missing since the war. One man is sneaking around the camps selling illegal visas; might he know what has happened to her?

1965: Eli rents a room in Albany Park, Chicago. He is on a mission. With patience, cunning, and relentless focus, he navigates unfamiliar streets and dangerous political backrooms, searching for the truth. Powerful and emotional, Ronald H. Balson's Eli's Promise is a rich, rewarding novel of World War II and a husband’s quest for justice.

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"National Jewish Book Award winter Ron Balson returns triumphantly with Eli’s Promise, a captivating saga of the Holocaust and its aftermath spanning decades and continents. Readers will not be able to put this book down, but will turn the pages compulsively with heart in throat, eager to learn the fate of the Rosen family. Balson’s meticulous historical detail, vivid prose and unforgettable characters further solidify his place among the most esteemed writers of historical fiction today."
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost Girls of Paris

"Ron Balson’s latest historical novel Eli's Promise is a powerful, superbly crafted tale. With meticulous historical detail, the novel is equal parts heartbreaking and life affirming, with themes that are as relevant today as ever. Eli's Promise is historical fiction at its finest, a riveting page turner that will hook readers from the start."
—Jane Healey, Bestselling Author of The Beantown Girls

"Balson juggles between his three stories effectively, writing with great emotion but without overt melodrama, always aware of the tragic ways in which history repeats itself."
—Bill Ott, Booklist

Library Journal

08/01/2020

In 1939, Eli Rosen and his father Jakob operate a construction firm in Lublin, Poland, respected by all. Then the Germans invade and life grows steadily hellish. Years before, they'd hired Maximilian "Max" Poleski, giving him a job when he sorely needed one. Now it's his turn, a non-Jew with connections to the invaders, to help them. This book is about Max's treachery and Eli's search to find him and make him pay for it. The chapters shuttle among three times and places: 1939–41, Lublin: Max's betrayal of the Rosens and the Rosens' disappearance into the camps; 1945–47, various displaced-person camps, Eli's survival and hunt for Max; 1965–66, Chicago, the same quest 20 years later, entwined with the tale of a corrupt congressman. Terrible things happen but somehow never feel quite real: The characters don't have texture. The Nazi villains are monstrous and Max is a monster, but the Americans, bad and good guys both, are cardboard and the plot in this section of the book veers steadily toward melodrama. VERDICT Balson (The Girl from Berlin) has written on this subject with success, but this time, it doesn't come off. [See Prepub Alert, 3/18/20.]—David Keymer, Cleveland

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250271464
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 17,742
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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