Sonia Turbowskia was nearly ten years old when her pleasant childhood in the village of Brusilov, Ukraine, was shattered. In 1919, following the Russian Revolution and the end of World War I, civil war raged among Bolsheviks, Ukrainian Nationalists, and die-hard Tsarists. The latter two groups saw the Jews of the Ukraine as fair game for plunder and murder.With her widowed mother, Mirel, and her sister Raizel, Sonia hides in the attic of their home as the first attack on their Jewish neighborhood unfolds on the street below. Thus begins Sonia's harrowing tale of love and loss, despair and, finally, hope. Mirel's Daughter is a haunting novel that narrows the scope of war to one family, one child. Intimately told, it reveals the destructive power of hate and the enduring power of a mother's love. Kay Gill's depiction of hard-won survival retains its unforgettable immediacy long after the last page has been turned. Through imagination, memory, and research, she redeems compelling and appealing characters from a time as brutal as our own for contemporary readers to love and cherish.
|Publisher:||Fleur-de-lis Press/The Louisville Review|
|Edition description:||FLEUR-DE-LIS PRESS|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)|
What People are Saying About This
"Mirel's Daughter is a touching and soulful addition to the tradition of Jewish immigrant literature. Dramatically suspenseful and emotionally rich, it reminds us yet again how treasured are the stories of our forebearers, whatever their origins, how fervent, for many, their hopes and dreams."
author of Chicken Dreaming Corn
"In Mirel's Daughter Kay Gill tells the story of a ten-year-old girl's remarkable survival and escape to America during the brutal, random, murderous pogroms that swept Russia at the end of World War I. That the girl never lost hope is a tribute to the human spirit worthy of Anne Frank. That the girl was Kay Gill's mother?"a single drop of rain clinging to a leaf"?adds unforgettable tenderness to an ultimately uplifting story."
author of Double Jeopardy
"Set historically just after World War I, when the Germans were withdrawing, the Communist revolution beginning and gangs of nationalist and tsarsist bandit's rampaging through Jewish villages, Mirel's Daughter chronicles what it was like for the Jews of the Ukraine as they endured the prototype of the ethnic extermination to come. A valuable addition to the great witness literature of the twentieth century, Kay Gill's skillfully woven novel is a testament to the human spirit."
author of What Birds Can Only Whisper