I’m interrupting the Blogiversary Giveaway Week to give a big shout-out this morning to my sister, whose book of short stories–Quiet Americans–is being published today! I am so proud of her. Here is the book’s description:
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending.
And here’s some advance praise:
“Erika Dreifus’s remarkable Quiet Americans traces the shock waves of the Holocaust reverberating outward through generations of American Jews. These intelligent and multi-layered stories are packed with surprises that challenge us to reconsider what we know—or think we know—about good and evil, memory and forgiveness, survival and identity….A first-rate debut.”
–Margot Singer, author of The Pale of Settlement
“In searing, pitch-perfect prose, Erika Dreifus evokes in Quiet Americans the heart-wrenching intersections between domesticity and war. Drenched in the blood-soaked history of the Holocaust-—yet attentive to those quietest moments between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and children—these stories gather unexpected force sentence by sentence, page by page. On several occasions during my reading, I needed to remind myself to breathe.”
–Andrew Furman, author of Contemporary Jewish American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma
Want to buy a copy of my sister’s book? It’s available here.
Oh, and a note about today’s publication date. My paternal grandparents (the original “R & S” who inspired the book) were married on January 19th, 1941. Today would be their 70th wedding anniversary. This is a photo from their wedding (the newlyweds are on the right; his hands are on her shoulders):
p.s. For those of you who are interested in book design or typography (or are geeky font fanatics like I am), check out my sister’s book designer’s blog entry about how he designed her book cover, chose the fonts, etc. It is pretty interesting.