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About Ralph Webster
Award winning author Ralph Webster received worldwide acclaim for his first book, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, which tells the story of his father’s flight from the Holocaust. Voted by readers as a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Nominee for Best Memoir/Autobiography, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other, his second book, One More Moon, and now his third book, The Other Mrs. Samson, are proven book club selections for thought-provoking and engaging discussions. Whether in person or online, Ralph welcomes and values his exchanges with readers and makes every effort to participate in conversations about his books. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Ginger, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the U.S.
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In the end, one of these women will complete the life of the other and make a startling discovery about the husband they share.
"The Other Mrs. Samson offers a gift of surprises, secrets, and political and social change that are often mirrored in modern times. From Katie and Joseph's unusual love to early 1900s immigration experiences in America, this sweeping epic will find a place among audiences who like their characters richly three-dimensional, powering a saga that excels in connecting different generations to a radically changing world."
- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
One More Moon is the extraordinary true story of a woman and her family’s often harrowing experiences in the years before and during World War II. Written using her words, Goodreads Choice Nominee Ralph Webster recounts his grandmother’s desperate journey from Naples, Italy to America - after Mussolini betrays Italy's Jews and joins with Hitler - and as countries across the world close their doors to Jewish refugees fleeing the spread of Nazi evil.
In 1934, at age fifty-one, Elsa’s comfortable life in Mussolini’s Fascist Italy changes remarkably when she and her reluctant husband Paul purchase the Pensione Alexandria, a rundown guesthouse overlooking the Mediterranean in Naples. Though German Jews, they are embraced by their Italian neighbors, and for the next several years, the pensione flourishes and becomes their perch to observe the world’s events.
Travelers from across Europe and America come to the door, each with their own story, mystery, or surprise. Nearly all have been touched in some way by the ominous changes occurring to the north, in Nazi-controlled Germany. When war breaks out in Europe and Italy sides with Germany, Elsa and her family’s fears become reality. The growing sense that the atrocities in German-occupied lands will soon occur in Italy forces them to give up their pensione and find their way to safety in America. The journey seems impossible and the obstacles are many.
"A superb memoir; a delight to read! One More Moon is a book of perseverance and persecution, joy and despair, trustworthy relationships and stunning betrayals. It's an epic book, yet deeply personal. Highly recommended!"
Denzil the BookOwl, January 2018