"This is storytelling at the top of the heap."
—Jane Yolen, winner of the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement
"Powerful and dreamlike, this intergenerational meditation on family, mortality, and hope is far more than the sum of its parts."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Achingly familiar and wonderfully strange."
—Samuel R. Delany, Hugo and Nebula Award winner
"Plunge into The History of Soul 2065, there's nothing like it."
—Jeffrey Ford, World Fantasy Award winner
Months before World War I breaks out, two young Jewish girls just on the edge of adolescence—one from a bustling Russian city, the other from a German estate—meet in an eerie, magical forest glade. They are immediately drawn to one another and swear an oath to meet again. Though war and an ocean will separate the two for the rest of their lives, the promise that they made to each other continues through the intertwined lives of their descendants.
This epic tale of the supernatural follows their families from the turn of the 20th Century through the terrors of the Holocaust and ultimately to the wonders of a future they never could have imagined. The History of Soul 2065 encompasses accounts of sorcery, ghosts, time travel, virtual reality, alien contact, and elemental confrontations between good and evil. Understated and epic, cathartic and bittersweet, the twenty connected stories in Nebula Award finalist Barbara Krasnoff's debut form a mosaic narrative even greater than its finely crafted parts.
Jane Yolen, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master, says in her introduction: "If you, like me, love quirky and original fantasy stories, I advise you to dive right in. If you, like me, admire tough writing that's not afraid of the grit, dive right in. If you, like me, want to hang out a while with characters rich in their own traditions, dive right in. This is storytelling at the top of the heap."
"Krasnoff 's multigenerational, phantasmagoric saga kept me turning the pages at a rapid pace"
—James Morrow, World Fantasy Award winner
Cover art and design by Paula Arwen Owen
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Can I Tell You: Introduction by Jane Yolen 11
Chana’s Family Tree 14
Sophia’s Family Tree 15
Part One: Beginnings
The Clearing in the Autumn: A story of Chana Rivka Krasulka and Sophia Stein 19
Part Two: The Book of Chana’s Family
Sabbath Wine: A story of Abe Hirsch, Chana’s husband-to-be 33
Lost Connections: A story of Marilyn Feldman, Chana’s granddaughter 51
Hearts and Minds: Abe’s story continues 56
Cancer God: A story of Jakie Feldman, Chana’s son-in-law 62
In the Loop: A story of Morris Feldman, Chana’s grandson 71
The Ladder-Back Chair: A story of Joan Feldman, Chana’s granddaughter-in-law 77
The Sad Old Lady: A story of Sheila Hirsch, Chana’s daughter-in-law 86
The Red Dybbuk: Marilyn’s story continues 95
Part Three: The Book of Sophia’s Family
Waiting for Jakie: A story of Gretl Held Weissbaum, Sophia’s daughter-in-law 107
The Gingerbread House: A story of Isabeau Weissbaum Stein, Sophia’s daughter 114
Time and the Parakeet: A story of Eileen Stein Bowman, Sophia’s granddaughter 119
Under the Bay Court Tree: A story of Carlos Acosta, Sophia’s grandson-in-law 128
An Awfully Big Adventure: A story of Benjamin Weissbaum, Sophia’s grandson 143
Rosemary, That’s For Remembrance: A story of Lydia Jacobson, Isabeau’s housemate 159
Stoop Ladies: A story of Julie Jacobson, Lydia’s daughter 162
Escape Route: Julie’s story continues 170
Sophia’s Legacy: A story of Rachel Bowman, Sophia’s great-granddaughter 178
Part Four: Completing the Circle
The Clearing in the Spring: A story of Chana and Sophia’s great-granddaughters 189
The History of Soul 2065: Annie and Rachel’s story continues 198