- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Florence Grende; 1 edition (November 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692803610
- ISBN-13: 978-0692803615
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Butcher's Daughter: A Memoir Paperback – November 3, 2016
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The Butcher's Daughter is an important memoir... It is a heartfelt journey of discovery that goes deep into its quest for remembrance and connection. The journey Grende shares with us is personal and it is a gift to know all she learned. This memoir excels in telling these stories of the author and her family so accurately and so that we, the readers, feel involved. It is innovative, sincere and successful in its style and voice. It is one of those books that sheds important new light on the Holocaust and how these families coped with being refugees from a Europe with a horrific past--Colin Harrington, The Berkshire Eagle
Many family memoirs and memoirs of survival and struggle fall short of depicting the very nuances they seek to bring to life; but this isn't so in The Butcher's Daughter. Florence Grende's ability to lift the moments, impressions, thoughts, and passions from experience and capture the min their crystalline seconds of agony and ecstasy elevates her story above and beyond similar-sounding accounts, creating an singularly striking piece that doesn't have to hammer home its message, because every whisper is a powerhouse of passion. --Diane Donovan, Senior Editor, The Midwest Review
The Butcher's Daughter is a beautifully written, gripping, and at times haunting memoir by Florence Grende, whose parents were Holocaust survivors. Her experiences come alive as she describes in concrete, sensual, and graphic terms her parents, her daily life, and her experiences living in a world that preserved apart of the traditional European Jewish culture in the midst of a broader post-war American experience...The Butcher's Daughter is one of the most compelling memoirs I have read and one that I highly recommend--Doug Erlandson, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
Her tale becomes a talisman, like the shoe she takes from the Majdanek work camp and donates to her synagogue for teaching purposes. Reading this work, told in short chapters that jump back and forth in time, mirrors the jarring experience of growing up as the child of survivors... Grende's metaphors, like the dragon who stands for Dee Melchome [The War] and her vivid descriptions of her cleaver-wielding father, taciturn mother, non-violent brother and her own freedom-seeking self invite us to see beauty and discover healing in her endeavor--Mari Carlson, Marisbookreviews.com
Florence Grende's heartrending account of her Jewish upbringing, a child of Holocaust survivors, weaves a story of pain and sorrow, fear and anger, and the hidden melancholy that makes monsters out of otherwise ordinary people. The Butcher's Daughter is a memoir that speaks for those too traumatized to voice their stories: the survivors and their children.This story is much more than just a memoir. It's a testament: a statement of alife shattered because of a brutal war. A powerful story told with compassion. A must-read--Emily-Jane Orford, Reader's Favorite
The Butcher's Daughter is a necessary book, and, despite the pain of its subject matter, it also is an enjoyable one. Grende writes poetically, taking pleasure in small details. "Bubbe grasps the chicken by its yellow legs"; the rush-hour train smells of "sticky-sweet perfume, yesterday's sweat, old newsprint." *The descriptions are so vivid that reading of Grende's adolescence in 1960s New York has the feel of watching an episode of Mad Men.--Olivia Rosane for Indie Reader.
Winner - Bronze Medal Reader's Favorite Book Awards 2017 NonFiction/Memoir Category
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The Butcher's Daughter is a deeply personal account of growing up in the aftermath of atrocity. It is not only the clearest view we are ever likely to get of the myriad and intimate ways that trauma is inherited and suffering passed on, it is also witness to the fact that the strength it takes to prevail is also part of that inheritance. Luminous and profound, ferocious and sublime, The Butcher's Daughter will move you beyond measure. --Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House and Love and Fury
In a clear voice that manages to be both haunted and compassionate, Grende reminds us that "Monster and victim can be one and the same." Tackling subjects as harsh as war and family dysfunction, she writes with exquisite attention to sound and prose rhythms, reminding us, as all masterful writers do, that what you say matters because of how you say it. What a stunning debut.--Barbara Hurd, author of Listening to the Savage: On River Notes and Half-heard Melodies
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Der Melhamar hung over her youth like darkness, hovering and waiting to seep back into her life. Long before Post Traumatic Stress, survivors ignored the past, moving forward as if nothing had happened. Silence was thick with the unsaid, the unimaginable, yet it was always there. Like a dark shadow, the impact of the war followed her family, shaping who they were, their happiness and despair and propelled them into the future. Their war-scarred life became a touchstone for every decision.
War creates victims, but the lasting damage travels down through the generations leaving its mark forever. Touching and poignant, Grende strips away artifice and writes a raw accounting of her existence with people who cannot explain why they are whom they are, and how the past damaged them irrevocably, preventing the peace they need so desperately.
Heartfelt and real, a lasting testimony of survival and the human spirit that that should not be forgotten.
family, WWII, the Nazis, survival, tragedy and triumph, emigration to a new country, and her family integrating to varying degrees to it.
Given the current state of the world, with the largest number of refugees since the War, their struggles, successes, failures and tragedies, I think our president should be sent a copy and hopefully he and his family will read it. Thank you Florence Grende for telling your story !