To Samarkand and Back by Roma Gelblum-Bross
Finalist for The QSPELL Prize for Fiction in 1989
To Samarkand and Back is a gripping collection of stories about a young Jewish girl and her family, driven out of Poland by the advancing Nazis. Each story is shaped around an object, event or perception from childhood memory – elegant shoes, a haircut, the mysterious death of a neighbour child – and knitted with such richness of texture and generosity of spirit that it is a joy to read. Hugh Maclennan described this book as a “masterpiece”.
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