YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel
When I came across a review of The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal, I was immediately struck by the book’s premise, so strikingly similar to my historical novel The Nine Inheritors: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Family and Their Ancient Torah Scroll. Read More...
In my historical novel, The Nine Inheritors, I created a fictional story about the journey of a family and their ancient Torah scroll. Recently, I came across the true account of a Torah’s Journey to Uganda, which begins in the early 1900s with an elephant hunter named Semei Kakungulu, connects with a 51-year-old Jewish physician from Plano, Texas, and ends with him delivering an ancient Hebrew text to a remote village in the foothills of Mount Elgon, a towering, dormant volcano in eastern Uganda. I swear I’m not making this up. To read more of this fascinating story, go to this link:
Jewish historical fiction explores themes that relate to the Jewish experience, primarily that of being an outsider in society, and an outsider as a Jew living among Christians. While Jewish historical novels have Jewish-historical content, Jewish fiction does not seek to proselytize. Authors of Jewish fiction do not need to be Jewish. Conversely, just because an author is Jewish does not make his or her book a work of Jewish fiction. Authors not only portray significant events in Jewish history, including the Holocaust, but also show Jews as fully functioning members of the society and times in which they happen to be living. As the Author of The Nine Inheritors: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Family and Their Ancient Torah Scroll, I hope that my novel will serve to promote true empathy for Jewish history and experience.