- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Halesite Press (September 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069229967X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692299678
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,536,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An enchanting and lively novel that brings clarity, light and love to the darkness of the Holocaust with great tenderness, warmth and wisdom. If only the return of the actual Messiah could come about with such novelistic panache."
"When the war ended in 1945 I was stationed in Dachau. Karen Rae Levine's book The Clay Messiah is a tribute to her understanding and insight as to what Hitler's concentration camps were really like. A must read for the younger generations who are a world apart from that World War II era."
"...Karen Rae Levine has created a wonderfully original and unique narrative...imbued intriguingly with Jewish mysticism and the figure of the Golem. Sophisticated and bittersweet from start to finish, Levine's story refuses sentimentality or easy answers. Instead it provides the reader with something far more rewarding--surprising insights through a spare yet rich interweaving of diverse personalities drawn together by confounding circumstances that transform their lives forever."
"[The Clay Messiah] is so clearly a labor of love and the characters and story are imbued with a palpable sense of commitment and care. I am sure this book will connect with audiences and I look forward to hearing the truth about its own travels as people delve into its pages."
From the Author
[from the Author's Note]
The first challenge of writing historical fiction is to develop a detailed picture of a specific timeline in history. The second is to imagine the feelings and desires of imaginary characters within the framework of that picture. It's not a challenge to be taken lightly, especially when examining a time when experiences were so out of the realm of the ordinary. It was therefore with trepidation and humility that I began reading the history and writing the stories that would eventually become The Clay Messiah.
For reasons unknown to me at the time, I needed to know more about the process of liberation. Holocaust stories tended to end with the joyful feeling of freedom and salvation. My frustration stemmed from a strong sense that liberation was not only the end, but a beginning.
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I have been asked if this is a "true story." The answer is somewhat complicated. The characters are fictional but the events coincide with history. The first part of the dilemma is history itself. If you ask three different people, "What happened?" you'll likely receive three different versions of the same event. My approach was to immerse myself in historical media, find as many variations from as many different sources as I could, and choose what would be the closest approximation to "the truth" based on my own reasoning and sensitivity.
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In this novel, where history has been the underground engine of my imagination, the word that brings the golem to life is "truth," and it is questions of faith and truth that drive the story. I hope The Clay Messiah is more than true. I hope it's real.
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This was possibly the single most enjoyable story I've had the pleasure to experience. And make no mistake, reading the book is an experience. You feel the characters and feel for then. You see their world through their eyes.
Ms Levine has done what most authors of fiction hope for...take a work of fiction and make it real. I will make it a point to recommend this to everyone I meet because not reading this story is like missing your favorite meal.
Cindi Sansone-Braff, author of "Grant Me a Higher Love," and "Why Good People Can't Leave Bad Relationships."