The County of Birches is a resonant collection of linked stories told from the perspective of a child of Holocaust survivors. Our narrator is a young girl without a country: fleeing the vineyards outside of Budapest with her family in 1956, Dana Weisz finds herself first in London and then in a suburb of Montreal. Her parents, Sari and Gabor, both indelibly marked by the Holocaust that claimed most of their relatives, invoke a past that both enchants and terrifies their two children. Indeed, while many of the stories here are told directly from Dana's point of view, many others belong to Dana's mother and father, and are about a golden age before the war. Searching for her identity as a child of survivors and a Jew in a strange land, it is the stories that will always be Dana's one thread to her own beginning.
The County of Birches is a powerful debut which will establish Judith Kalman as a new star in the constellation of second-generation Holocaust writers including Anne Michaels, Helen Epstein, Melvin Jules Bukiet, and Allegra Goodman.
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"The County of Birches is unique, devoid of the usual cliches of Holocaust or post-Holocaust literature, fresh, told with love, devotion and above all considerable literary expertise." --Josef Skvorecky, author of The Engineer of Human Souls and Headed for the Blues
"These stories are a tremendous testament to the human spirit. In spite of their quotient of anguish, they are highly hopeful and reflect a wondrous understanding of one family's 'mysterious capacity for love.'" --Alistair MacLeod, author of The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
"Judith Kalman's The County of Birches is a dazzling debut by a mature and gifted writer. Kalman's spare and elegant prose illuminates the page, from the first to the last...These interconnected stories chart the resilience and elasticity of the heart. Superbly written and deeply satisfying." --Sandra Birdsell, juror for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, given by the Writers' Union of CanadaAbout the Author:
Judith Kalman's fiction has been published in numerous Canadian literary magazines. Her stories have received the Tilden Canadian Literary Award, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and both the Gold Award and the President's Medal at the National Magazine Awards. One of the stories in this collection was also selected for the 1997 Journey Prize Anthology. Judith Kalman lives with her family in Toronto.
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Book Description Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprinted. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1550546244