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Awake in the Dark : Stories by Shira Nayman (2007, Paperback)

Shira Nayman | ISBN-10: 0743292812 | ISBN-13: 9780743292818
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Bold and deeply affecting,Awake in the Darkis 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 Darkis an illuminating and startling book about the disguises we don, the secrets we keep, and the consequences of our silences.

In her bold and remarkable collection of four stories and a novella Shira Nayman observes the intricate psychology of people struggling with the emotional legacy of the Nazis--focusing on ways in which the daughters of both victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust grew up with either unbearable tales of horror or debilitating silence. Each protagonist embarks on a journey of self-discovery that involves unearthing the dark secrets of their parents' tortured pasts. In 'Dark Urgings of the Blood' a patient is convinced that she shares a disturbing history with her psychiatrist; in 'The House on Kronenstrasse' a woman returns to Germany to find her childhood home; in 'The Porcelain Monkey' the shocking story of an Orthodox Jewish woman's conception comes to light; and in 'The Lamp' the harrowing experiences of a young woman leave her with the perfect daughter and a strange lamp. Written in clear and unaffected prose, Nayman's immensely powerful, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking collection explores the burden of history, the necessity of truth and the complex psychology of Holocaust survivors and their children. It is an illuminating and startling book about the stories we tell, the secrets we keep and the consequences of our silences.

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Product Identifiers
ISBN-100743292812
ISBN-139780743292818

Key Details
AuthorShira Nayman
Number Of Pages320 pages
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2007-09-04
LanguageEnglish
PublisherScribner

Additional Details
Copyright Date2008

Dimensions
Weight9 Oz
Height0.7 In.
Width5 In.
Length8 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LC Classification NumberPS3614.A96
Dewey Decimal823/.92
Dewey Edition22

Reviews
"A haunting excursion into the past...Each story is a literary page-turner with a classic O. Henry twist." -- The Atlantic Monthly

"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"

"How can you know who you are when deception and secrets are your birthright? With compelling prose and satisfying twists, Shira Nayman reveals the awful burdens carried by people born into dark times, and how those burdens are inherited by their own uncomprehending children. This book will resonate with anyone who has buried a parent without ever knowing who that person was, but it will be especially important to the Holocaust's grandchildren." -- Mary Doria Russell, author of The Thread of Grace and The Sparrow

"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"

"Imagine a collaboration between O. Henry and Cynthia Ozick. If you can't, then do read the wonderful stories in Shira Nayman's collection Awake in the Dark." -- Susan Isaacs, author of Any Place I Hang My Hat

"Shira Nayman's stories risk strong emotion and always clear the sentimental. Her sentences have heft and spine and grace, and her vision is clear and generous." -- Mary Gordon, author of Pearl and Spending

"The beautiful and deftly plotted stories in Awake in the Dark are like nothing out there." -- Newsday


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Created: 07/03/07

very good book

I purchased this book because a friend interviewed Shira Nayman for a ladies' Jewish organization in CT and he felt that I would like the book because of my interests in nightmares regarding the Holocaust. I found her writing difficult to follow in the early short stories. However, the last story, which is longer than the rest, is clear and riveting. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology, post traumatic stress/issues, women's studies. It is a fast but thought-provoking read.

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Created: 06/21/07

A Memorable Reading Experience

This is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. The short stories, though different, each contain a similar theme, meaning that survivors of the Holocaust are all haunted by their experience. Just like real life, nothing is ever the same beneath the surface. In her book, the author shows us that we all carry demons of one kind of or another within us, precisely because the Holocaust changed human life for any and all people involved with the drama of such a monumentally horrific event. The author has created stories that resonate with truth...long after one reads the book it remains vivid in one's memory. M. Klotz

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