Estelle Chasen Ribbons For Their Hair

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Ribbons For Their Hair

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When young Detective Yardena Halpert is assigned a missing child case, she puts her heart and soul into finding three-year-old Adina Barzilai, despite feeling out of her league. What is the child s mother s tight-knit community hiding? And is Rafi, the girl s charismatic father, telling her the truth? The seven days of Yardena s investigation surreally interrupted by the 2006 Second Lebanon War - take her from Netanya to Moshav Ma ayan Chaim, and from Haifa to Thessaloniki, Greece, where the mystery dovetails with the story of another little girl whose father searched for her many years before. This page-turning, fast-paced read expertly blends mystery, romance, and historical narrative, as the fate of the Jewish community of Greece in World War II is outlined in painful clarity. A natural teacher, Estelle Chasen subtly educates through her riveting story lines, providing a bird s-eye view of the Jewish community of Greece as well as of several segments of modern Israeli society. The two stories merge so seamlessly that the book takes on a timeless quality, as fathers search for their daughters, families are torn apart by war, and new love sprouts even after the deepest loss.

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Estelle Chasen was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a Higher Diploma in Librarianship from the University of Cape Town. A former head of the Children s Libraries of Port Elizabeth and Coordinator for the literacy promotion group READ (Read, Educate and Develop), she also taught Hebrew and Jewish studies at the Theodor Herzl School. Ribbons for Their Hair is Chasen s third novel, following The Long Road Home (Minerva Press, 1995) and Chava s Story (Feldheim, 1997). Chasen and her husband Phillip followed their three grown children to Israel in 2002. When not writing, she is a hands-on savta (grandmother) to her grandchildren in Ra anana.

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