Are you looking for end-of-year holiday presents? Look no further, here’s something for you.
I’m a bit embarrassed that it took me so long to review the third book in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ (our FF Fairy Blog Mother) Gitterman trilogy, As One Must, One Can. But, better late than never, right? What better way to fill a gap in blogging because I’m immersed in NaNoWriMo at the moment and can’t get my mind off of it long enough to write flash fiction.
I’m currently on a re-read of the series, that shows you how much I like it. Here’s my Amazon review:
The half-fictional Gitterman family with Havah Gitterman as the central figure stands for these fellow humans. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields shows their daily lives and makes us care about them in a masterful way.
From the russian pogroms at the turn of the last century to builiding a life and a future in the USA we follow this extended family through thick and thin until we come with them to a close at the end of As One Must, One Can.
The author never coddles her characters, they have to endure hardships, heartbreak, but also joy and success. Since book one, Please Say Kaddish For Me, I loved, cried and laughed with these compelling characters who are the greatest strength of these novels. Add to that historical accuracy, good writing and a fine sense of humour and you have a moving, very entertaining and satisfying read. Educational, but not boring: that’s how I love historical fiction.
Antisemitism has been around for milennia and it is still here, raising its ugly head in waves. Our times, sadly, are no exception. Books like the Gitterman trilogy can help us see what these actions really mean for the people who have to endure this kind of hatred and discrimination. We need more books like these.