A big thank you to Barnet Synagogue book club who had me come and talk to them yesterday evening about God’s Will and the Yellow Dress.
I’m very happy to say that nine of their members turned up and I was warmly welcomed into their fold as I revealed the story behind the story, and shared details of my trip to Lithuania when I travelled with a Jewish American Genealogy Group in 2013 to check out the shtetls — some of them with their old landscape and buildings still intact — and the social history documented in the archives in Vilnius.
A big thank you to Anna Belfrage for asking me to participate in this new blog hop and for Debra Brown for introducing me to Anna. Here are the questions and my answers that refer to my latest, as yet unpublished novel.
When and where is the story set?
The book I’m seeking agent representation for at the moment is set in the part of Russia that is now Lithuania sometime in the mid 19th Century, and is about a Jewish family who lived in one of the many, many shtetls (Jewish towns/ghettos) that existed there at the time. Chapter one is based on...
Just recently, I went to Lithuania on a research trip for my second novel. I joined an Jewish American Genealogy Tour and spent ten days with a group of fascinating people, each with their own story to tell.
I met one of the participants on an afternoon off in Kaunas. A lovely New Yorker, named Robin, who was searching for a statue, in front of which, her mother had had her picture taken, with her sister, in 1940.
As luck would have it we found the statue within minutes, in the grounds of a theatre, nearby our hotel and Robin asked if I would t...