Garden, Ashes: A Novel
Garden, Ashes is the remarkable account of Andi Scham's childhood during World War II, as his Jewish family traverses Eastern Europe to escape persecution. As the family moves from house to house, the novel focuses on Andi's relationship with his father; he recounts the endless hours his father poured into the creation of his all-inclusive third edition of the Bus, Ship, Rail, and Air Travel Guide, to the bizarre sermons he delivered to his befuddled family, to his eventual disappearance and assumed death at Auschwitz.
Despite the apocalyptic events fueling this family's story, Kis's writing emphasizes the specific details of life during this period, constructing a personal account of a future artist growing up under the shadow of the Nazis and in a world capable of containing a person as unique as his father.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing
Genius. A simultaneously intense and whimsical story of a Jewish family escaping persecution during WWII. Heavily influenced by Bruno Schulz and Borges. An overlooked classic... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
This brief but dense novel is the story of Andi Sham, a sensitive young boy, and his father, an unpredictable and bombastic man whose sanity is questionable. While set in Eastern Europe during World ... Read full review