- File Size: 1793 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Publisher: Summer Solstice (March 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BX2M7A4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Franzisca's Box Kindle Edition
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***Franzisca's Box by Sandra Perez Gluschankoff is a modern day story that looks back in time to World War II Romania, and the horrors and consequences of Nazi criminals. The story unfolds from Sofia's and the narrator's or other characters' points of view and also alternates between the past and present. Sofia's grandmother (Claudia), her abuela, passes away and Sofia is set on a path of extraordinary and frightening discovery as she slowly uncovers the truth about Claudia. The contents of a box give clues to indicate that the stories her grandmother used to tell her when she was a child hide some horrifying and astonishing real life events. Somewhat alienated from her mother, Sofia is initially left to piece the puzzle together with the help of a young man, Daniel, who was concerned to track her down and who needs answers as much as Sofia does.
The author's portrayal of some of the horrific traumas and acts of abuse or evil that befell many Jews at that time is honest and vivid, and leaves the reader in no doubt that this had consequences and effects on future generations. This is a story about survival, compromise, love, revenge, and repercussions. Importantly, it is also about forgiveness and the need to lay the past to rest in order to move forward in peace. Recommended -- Five Star Review-- Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
***The author has skillfully combined mystery,murder, and passionate love all into a story that will keep tugging at you fora long time. In the book, Sofia Lazar, a movie producer, experiences the lossof her grandmother but also comes into contact with a tattered box. What's inthe box? I won't spoil the story for you; however, I will tell you that thecontents of the box will take you on a journey you didn't expect. The story isback dropped into World War II Romania and Nazi criminals immigrating to SouthAmerica. What a magnificent weave of story, history, and plot. This isdefinitely a book to read.-- TopTen Best Fiction Books by Latino Authors for 2016-- The Latino Author
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Movie producer Sofia Lazar looks through the small box of her late grandmother and discovers stories the older woman used to tell her about a WW II heroic girl named Franzisca. As the story develops, the lives of three generations of women become connected: grandmother, mother, and daughter.
Gluschankoff's descriptions are vivid. She expertly describes the settings and feelings of people in war-torn Romania. It is a story of desperate survival. The author’s eloquent prose makes every paragraph a pleasure to read.
I highly recommend this book.