- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631521705
- ISBN-13: 978-1631521706
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Interwoven with the story of Gendler's great-aunt and illustrated with family photographs, the author's story offers an intimate and interesting . . . look at one woman's life choices and their outcomes . . . [a] candid and heartfelt memoir.”
“Piercing. The silver lining of hope, faith, and healing will leave readers stirred.”
"In this extraordinary work, Annette Gendler illuminates the borders and meeting points between Judaism and Christianity, Germans and Jews, American Jews and Israeli Jews. Writing with eloquent precision, she reminds us why converts to Judaism are among the most precious gifts to the Jewish people. This book confirms Annette Gendler as an indispensable Jewish voice for our time."
—Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Like Dreamers, Senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
"The ghosts of the past haunt a woman’s search for herself in this thoughtful, poignant memoir about the transformative power of love and faith.”
—Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound and When She Woke
"Jumping Over Shadows is a compelling, gracefully written memoir about the impact of the past on the present. The narrative is centered on the author and her future husband's secret love affair as it bears on their struggle to come to terms with their families’ tragic personal histories. An intimate, dramatic, and profoundly human story.”
—Michael Steinberg, Author of Still Pitching, Founding Editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
About the Author
Annette Gendler is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, Bella Grace, and Artful Blogging, to name a few. She served as the 2014–2015 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois. Born in New Jersey, she grew up in Munich, Germany, and lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.annettegendler.com.
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It is in this seamless interweaving of generational stories that she shows the impact of Nazi Germany upon subsequent generations of her family and upon her own coming-of-age decision to marry outside her faith.
With vivid imagery and rich scenic details she brings the reader into both the past tortuous experience of the Nazi regime upon her family and into her own decision to marry a Jewish man, ultimately converting to Judiasm. Her characters are believable and her grasp of historical details of another time and place make this a fascinating read. It is not a story I read in one sitting as I wanted to absorb all the details but it is a story I was anxious to keep reading. Her writing flows smoothly from scene to scene and across time frames and has relevance from a historical and relationship perspectives. She explores religious differences and what it means to be Jewish,
This memoir is an enjoyable, satisfying and educational read. The images of her family members packed into trains to be transported to unknown destinations during World War II Germany will not be forgotten. Despite all the obstacles presented by the past, this couple honors their love and moves on to a happy marriage.
I highly recommend this heartwarming love story.
I brought the book on a recent plane ride. Annette combines world and family history along with personal reflection into such a compelling story, I was actually annoyed when I had to stop reading to get off the plane. That's the ultimate compliment since I hate flying! Beautiful work, thank you for sharing this incredible story.
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