the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka
and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a
Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience
the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the
burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former
Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows.
As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts,
and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those
memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could
have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the
impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents
and children in mid-twentieth-century America.
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Release date: August 4, 2020
The story of the Lubinski family is interesting and quite touching. I could imagine the the thrill and trepidation the family must have felt about starting over in an unfamiliar country as they migrated to America. The storyline is at times sad as they adjust to their new lives but at the same time it was hopeful and I found my self rooting for them to live a good, peaceful and happy life.
Family plays a strong role in The Takeaway Men along with friendships, new beginnings but also realizing that there can be no real peace without truth and understanding which happens when Aaron shares his story with is two young daughters about the horrors of what happened when the Nazis invaded Poland. This is an emotional read, one where truly care what happens to the characters and you become fully engaged in their lives. Overall, I thought this book was well written and the author gave her characters interesting personalities which made me want to know more about them.
I received a copy of an ARC of this novel from iReads Blog Tours. All opinions are completely my own.
Meet the Author
Meryl Ain’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New
York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications.
The Takeaway Men is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the
award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and
in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project
Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on
television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud
to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a
school administrator. <i><b>The Takeaway Men</b></i> is the
result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a
thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in
the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her
students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also
developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching
the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol,
the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living
Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust
survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and
Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. Meryl holds a BA from
Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an
Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband,Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren
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