Book Review: As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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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.

‘As One Must, One Can’ by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Very brief summary: The story follows the fate of several Jewish families from Czarist Russia to a new life in the USA. While their new life certainly is safer than in Russia, the struggle for happiness and safety goes on but resourcefulness, love and a tight-knit family make up for much of the hardship. Read more on the Amazon site or visit Rochelle’s author page.


I’m currently on a re-read of the series, that shows you how much I like it.ย  Here’s my Amazon review:

Antisemitism, as any discrimination, lives from dehumanizing the victims and from normalizing atrocious language and actions. It is of great importance to see people of all creeds and ethnicity as living, feeling people: human beings like you and me with their wants and needs, triumphs and tragedies.
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.
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18 thoughts on “Book Review: As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

  1. Dear Gabi,

    I’m so glad I subscribe to your blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a lovely thing to come to my inbox this morning. And very timely at that. I’m really happy you’ve enjoyed my trilogy so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Shalom,

    Rochelle
    Your Fairy Blog Mother.

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    1. You’re welcome. And it was about time, I couldn’t live with the guilty conscience any longer. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      You know, second time around, I can appreciate all the characters even more since I already know where the story goes.

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            1. Oh, OK, can’t buy that one just yet since it’s not a kindle version and I still live in chaos. Later… I thought there was a new one in the works. And just the other day I thought what fun it would be to read about their kids and grandkids of today. Nudge, nudge… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              1. This one is actually a coffee table companion book of related stories and illustrations so I don’t know that there will be a Kindle version. Afraid, at least right now, the closest to reading about their grandchildren is the prologue of the last novel. ๐Ÿ˜‰ At any rate, I’m really happy with this last book. My publisher did an amazing job of getting the colors and proportions right.

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                1. Either we talked about it or I read it on your homepage, but yes, i’ve been following its progress. It really looks great and eventually I’m going to buy it but not right now.
                  A question: I have a German Amazon account but my other two reviews show up under Amazon.com, this one doesn’t. Is there a trick to get it there, do you know? I can’t comment on amazon.com because I never buy there, only on amazon.de.

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                  1. Amazon is really strange. I found this past week that the numbers went down on PSKFM and FSAA by one. I’m not sure why. I have another friend who’s an author and Amazon has pulled all of her reviews. Not sure what she did to upset them. So the shortened form of my answer is I don’t know. If you’re feeling lucky you might contact them and ask the question.

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    1. Thank you, Dale, it was about time, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am trying to find out just how Rochelle makes her characters so loveable and memorable, that was my initial incentive for rereading… but once again I got caught up in the story and just read, and read, and no analyzing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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