Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick - Book Blog Tour Stop
About The Book:
Profound, honest, and masterfully written—Between Gods forces us to reexamine our beliefs and the extent to which they define us. Growing up in a tight-knit Christian family, Alison Pick went to church regularly. But as a teenager, she discovered a remarkable family secret: her paternal grandparents fled from the Czech Republic at the start of WWII because they were Jewish. Tragically, other family members who hesitated to emigrate were sent to Auschwitz. Haunted by the Holocaust, Alison's grandparents established themselves in their new lives as Christians. Not even Alison's father knew of his parents' past until he visited the Jewish cemetery in Prague as an adult. This atmosphere of shame and secrecy haunted Alison's journey into adulthood. Drowning in a sense of emptiness, she eventually came to realize that her true path forward lay in reclaiming her history and identity as a Jew, and she began attending conversion classes. But the process was far from easy as old wounds were opened, and all of her relationships were tested.
In writing a memoir, an author lays her life out for the world to see. In "Between Gods," Alison Pick tells the story of growing up as a Christian to learn that she is actually half-Jewish. As she seeks answers about her "new" identity, Pick goes through periods of the darkest lows to the highest joys as she navigates the often tragic and often enlightening journey to her authentic self.
Pick also includes the reactions of her family and friends, and how some help and some hinder her along the way. She is blunt and very much open about her experiences and her writing style is very detailed, but also engaging.
I applaud Alison Pick for her brave decision to share her life with the reading world. Fans of memoirs will find "Between Gods" inspiring and insightful. I highly recommend it.
About The Author:
Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a "Top 10 of 2010" book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a "Best Book" by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.
Check out her website at www.alisonpick.com for more info on her books.
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to Harper Perennial Books for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.