Details: Paperback, 237 pages
Publication: August 4, 2020 by SparkPress
Goodreads Synopsis: With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.
My Thoughts: This book was the perfect mix of informative and entertaining. Before picking this book up, I thought I knew nearly all there was to know about the Holocaust. This taught me things I didn’t even think were possible, and I also learned a lot about the Jewish traditions.
The fictional aspect helped keep me interested in the story, but there were still a few parts that felt slow to me. Even with some of the explanations of some parts of the Jewish culture, I was still confused at certain points, but it didn’t make the book any less enjoyable.
The depth of the characters was brilliant. Ain managed to make you dislike characters yet still sympathise with them, which is something that’s extremely rare for me. She introduced new information about each character regularly, though it didn’t seem too overwhelming.
This is one of the best books I’ve read based during the Holocaust and World War II. If you’re interested in WWII, I highly suggest giving this book a read. Even if you aren’t too interested, the book might change that.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via iRead Book Tours and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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