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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Review: Garden, AshesUser Review - Sean Homrig - Goodreads
"Garden, Ashes" is told from the point of view of a youngster during World War II whose partially-Jewish family is fleeing from the Nazis across Europe. However, almost no mention is made of the War ... Read full review
Review: Garden, AshesUser Review - Nick Sweeney - Goodreads
I came close to giving up on this book a few times. It's not that it's badly written - it's beautifully written (I assume, as I am obviously reading it in translation), but it's so beautifully written ... Read full review