What a treasure this was.
Peter Rashkin survived Auschwitz but lost his wife and twin daughters. Now he runs a successful restaurant dedicated to his wife’s memory. When he meets the young and glamorous June, he quickly realizes she may be the woman he wants to start his life anew with.
I have a special place in my heart for a family saga, and this story definitely fit the bill. I love how each section was told from a different character’s point of view. But being told chronologically, the switch still propelled the story forward and gave us insight to each member of the Rashkin family. They all struggled, yet for different reasons, and you’ll quickly learn not one was a good communicator.
I thought Blum did a tremendous job of writing these characters as three-dimensional. The descriptions of people and places were top notch that is was so easy to picture them. When this translates to film, the casting and costume department will have no trouble setting it up because of how well they were written.
‘This book is a page turner in the sense you want to see how everything plays out and what happens in the Rashkins’ lives, but it was so beautifully written that you want to savor every sentence.
I truly enjoyed The Stormchasers by this author and now need to go back and read Those Who Save Us since so many people said that was her best read.
My thanks to Wunderkind PR for the review copy.
About the author: JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection GRAND CENTRAL. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers.
Jenna’s debut novel THOSE WHO SAVE US was a New York Times bestseller; a Boston Globe bestseller; the winner of the 2005 Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel; a BORDERS book club pick, a perennial book club favorite, and the # 1 bestselling novel in Holland. Jenna’s second novel, THE STORMCHASERS, is a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Authors pick, and a bestseller in Holland and France. Jenna’s newest work, her novella “The Lucky One,” was published in anthology GRAND CENTRAL, published by Penguin in July 2014.
Jenna has been writing since she was 4 and professionally since she was 16, when she won Seventeen Magazine’s National Fiction Contest with her short story “The Legacy of Frank Finklestein.” Jenna is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A., English) and Boston University (M.A., Creative Writing); she taught creative writing and journalism for Boston University for five years, was editor of AGNI literary magazine, and has taught fiction for 20 years for Boston’s Grub Street Writers, where she currently teaches master novel workshops. Dividing her time between Boston and the Midwest, Jenna has written the screenplay for THOSE WHO SAVE US and is writing her fourth novel. Jenna loves to visit book clubs in person, by phone, and via Skype. Please contact her on Facebook (Jenna Blum), on Twitter (@jenna_blum) and on her website, www.jennablum.com.