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Awake in the Dark : Stories - Shira Nayman

Awake in the Dark

Stories

Paperback Published: 4th September 2007
ISBN: 9780743292818
Number Of Pages: 320

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Bold and deeply affecting, "Awake in the Dark" is a provocative and haunting work of fiction about who we are and how we are formed by history. These luminous stories portray the contemporary lives of the children of Holocaust victims and perpetrators as they struggle with the legacy of their parents -- their questions of identity, family, and faith. In "The House on Kronen-strasse," a woman returns to Germany to find her childhood home; in "The Porcelain Monkey," the shocking origins of an Orthodox Jewish woman's faith are revealed; in "The Lamp," the harrowing experiences of a young woman leave her with the perfect daughter and a strange light; and in "Dark Urgings of the Blood," a patient is convinced that she shares a disturbing history with her psychiatrist.

Rendered in powerful, unaffected prose, "Awake in the Dark" is an illuminating and startling book about the disguises we don, the secrets we keep, and the consequences of our silences.

Industry Reviews

"A haunting excursion into the past...Each story is a literary page-turner with a classic O. Henry twist."
-- The Atlantic Monthly
"The beautiful and deftly plotted stories in Awake in the Dark are like nothing out there."
-- Newsday
"I'm shaken by Shira Nayman's brilliant and mystical stories. She writes with wisdom and courage."
-- Ursula Hegi, author of The Worst Thing I've Done and Stones from the River
"Awake in the Dark quietly and forcefully insists that despite every wish to remain asleep, comforted by unconsciousness, we are all much better served by opening our eyes to the truth."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Brave and bracing...Awake in the Dark is plotted in that perfect way that stops our breath even as our brain hums with pleasure."
-- The Plain Dealer

The House on Kronenstrasse
The Porcelain Monkey
The Lamp
Dark Urgings of the Blood
Notes
Acknowledgments
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ISBN: 9780743292818
ISBN-10: 0743292812
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th September 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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