Are you looking for a good book? Look no further. Tracy Safron, reader extraordinaire and congregant member, has created a list of books from our library that she recommends.
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The World That We Knew
by Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman’s new novel, The World That We Knew, is possibly her best work. The story begins in 1941 Berlin. Hanni Kohn’s husband has recently been murdered in a riot outside of the hospital where he worked. Hanni is realistic about her future. She knows she must save the life of her twelve-year-old daughter Lea and she seeks the best way to secure Lea’s future. Hanni’s prayers are answered by Ettie, a rabbi’s disgruntled seventeen-year-old daughter. Ettie longs to prove her worth in the male orthodox world. Ettie once secretly observed her father making a golem and she is able to craft Ava, a female golem, from clay. Ava appears to be a woman, but she has no heart and possesses supernatural skills. She is created solely to replace Hanni in Lea’s life and ensure her safety. Hanni pays Ettie with her remaining jewels and train tickets that allow Ettie and her sister to flee Berlin. Hanni sends Lea and Ava to the home of distant cousins in Paris. As the years progress Lea finds love and Ava becomes more woman than a golem. Ava continuously protects Lea from harm. Ettie joins the resistance movement, fulfilling her desire to do the same important work as a man.
Hoffman’s plot is constantly in motion between many intriguing settings. The story moves among inspiring characters and surprising connections. The World That We Knew is Hoffman’s amazing creation and a book that should not be missed.
Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin