Monday, February 9, 2015

#Review: Out Of The Shoe Box by Yaron Reshef #adultbooks, #Multicultural

A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930's and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.

My review:
It is not too often that I sit and read a book in one sitting. However, with this book, I did just that. I was so enthralled that I simply could not put the book down.

At first I thought this was a mystery like in suspense by the book's summary. This it is not. What it is though is a mystery that takes shape in the form of numerous calls, emails, old photos, and old letters. It is a mystery of unclaimed property that belongs to his father whom he only knew until the age of 7.
The author was unexpectedly sent on a journey of family self-discovery that was not only eye opening but painful as well.

The author was taken to the inner most depths of Chortkow where many of his own family members were killed in the Holocaust. Up until then, he knew very little of his family's history, including that of his father. Sadly still, many could not be found. The mystery unravels, property, treasures, and long ago painful memories. The book is full of photos of people whom might have been forgotten if it was not for the author's journey and that of circumstances.

As sad as the book may seem, it is far from that. It is a book of hope and remembrance of people who deserved a better life and cut short by an atrocity that should never have happened.

By far, I recommend picking up a copy of this book. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Sounds fascinating. Great find!