For me, some reviews are more meaningful than others. A good review of Stolen Secrets from the Jewish Book Council has always been high on my “wish list.” I wanted Livvy, a character who had never been exposed to Jewish life and believed she had no connection to it, to end up desperately hoping to be Jewish. One scene, arguably one of the least important to the actual plot, is my favorite. Livvy is a guest at her friend’s family Shabbat. I did my best to show the warmth of the weekly gathering and tradition, and I was proud of how it turned out.
This book also required substantial Holocaust research. Getting the facts right was as important to me as it would be to Livvy. Researching the horrors of the Holocaust is emotional work, to say the least, and sifting through details to choose the most powerful and appropriate facts to share was also a challenge..
The Jewish Book Council review is a nod from an organization that I deeply respect for the work they do to highlight literary works that represent and honor accurate Jewish life.