Between Gods

Between Gods

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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From the Man Booker-nominated author of the novel Far to Go and one of our most talented young writers comes an unflinching, moving and unforgettable memoir about family secrets and the rediscovered past.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Alison Pick was born in the 1970s and raised in a supportive, loving family. She grew up laughing with her sister and cousins, and doting on her grandparents. Then as a teenager, Alison made a discovery that instantly changed her understanding of her family, and her vision for her own life, forever. She learned that her Pick grandparents, who had escaped from the Czech Republic during WWII, were Jewish--and that most of this side of the family had died in concentration camps. She also discovered that her own father had not known of this history until, in his twenties, he had a chance encounter with an old family friend--and then he, too, had kept the secret from Alison and her sister.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;In her early thirties, engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend but struggling with a crippling depression, Alison slowly but doggedly began to research and uncover her Jewish heritage. Eventually she came to realize that her true path forward was to reclaim her history and indentity as a Jew. But even then, one seemingly insurmountable problem remained: her mother wasn't Jewish, so technically Alison wasn't either. In this by times raw, by times sublime memoir, Alison recounts her struggle with the meaning of her faith, her journey to convert to Judaism, her battle with depression, and her path towards facing and accepting the past and embracing the future--including starting a new family of her own. This is her unusual and gripping story, told in crystalline prose and with all the nuance and drama of a novel, but illuminated with heartbreaking insight into the very real lives of the dead, and hard-won hope for the lives of all those who carry on after.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780385677882
Branch Call Number: 819. 3 PIC P
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations, portrait


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Aug 18, 2017

A very well-written memoir by a Canadian author who pursues her Jewish roots.

Jul 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down
It was beautifully written, incredibly personal and so full of raw emotion.
I had never considered this type of conversion to Judaism and it was fascinating.
There were so many overlapping concepts and themes.

Aug 21, 2016

I usually love memoirs, so I was surprised when I didn't enjoy this one as much as I'd expected to. The book could easily have been as least 1/4 shorter. Her writing style also has a few quirks, that, if she'd used them less, would have made the book flow more easily (in my opinion).

Mar 14, 2016

This is a memoir from a period in Pick's life when she was suffering from depression, having a book published, having a child and converting to Judaism. Her conversion occurred after she learned of her family history and their hiding of their Jewish heritage after emigrating to Canada. Pick writes well with an authentic voice and she certainly exposes herself to the reader, but perhaps in too much detail (not everything is interesting) and as a consequence, the book is a little long.

melwyk Jan 05, 2015

So good. A soul-baring memoir of a crisis point in Pick's life, everything that happened during the year or two that she was seeking to convert to Judaism, after discovering that her father's family was in fact Jewish. The writing was excellent, beautiful imagery, unflinching honesty, and a truly memorable quest.

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