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Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir Paperback – April 4, 2017
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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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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.
Eventually converting to Judaism, she brings strength and brilliance to her new culture. I particularly liked the ending and the special legacy she bestows upon her own children who have taken the land of Israel to heart. Jew or Christian, this a memorable story about destiny and love.