"Leaving Tomorrow" is a great story of courage and resilience. This historical novel takes into account many themes and true stories that were in your prior book..."How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives..."
I found "Leaving Tomorrow" a contemporary story not just of Rebecca, a young woman who survived the Holocaust but lost her family and friends, but a universal story of loss and beginning again. Today, years after World War II and the Holocaust, these are themes that affect everyone of every age. In the times we live, everyone suffers loss, in addition to those incurred from war and trauma. Jobs, relationships, income, and disappointments have been felt by everyone at various times. In our current times we are all familiar with other countries and people torn apart by war and loss.
"Leaving Tomorrow" is full of empathy and hope for looking forward, regardless of one's individual circumstances or where one lives.
Your book also gracefully weaves much of the history and research that you had done previously for "How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives." I went back to reread your monograph on Truman..."Was Truman's Missouri the cradle of the State of Israel." Including the role of Truman in the establishment of the State of Israel provides context to many of the details of Rebecca's journey.
For the next generation learning about the Holocaust and the relationship of Israel in the lives of the survivors, this beautifully written book poignantly addresses loss, recovery, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. I love your writing, storytelling, and empathy for those who have suffered irreplaceable losses and started over. It falls under the heading of "courage" and never giving up. Reading it from cover to cover in 2 sittings was a delightful treat as I loved returning to your beautiful writing.
Similar to some of the endorsements in the front of the book, I found I couldn't put it down. Of course, there's no greater endorsement than Elie Wiesel. What an honor. I can't wait to read what you write next!