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The Takeaway Men
The Takeaway Men: A Novel | Meryl Ain
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With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.
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There are a lot of WWII books out there, but what about the lasting effects of a world gone mad & how to rebuild a life after profound loss? Aron & Judy leave a Displaced Persons camp to immigrate to the US with their twins after WWII. In Queens, their girls learn to be Jewish and American surrounded by caring, if sometimes dysfunctional, neighbors. But what secrets does their brooding father keep? Heartfelt historical fiction. Highly recommend.

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An excellent and sensitively written book which shows the lasting impact on the Lubinksi family following the Second World War and the Jewish Genocide during the war.

There are great themes explored throughout this book and how the family are changed by what happened during the war, and these are brought to the forefront once more when a former Nazi from the camps is discovered living in their neighbourhood.

Andrew65 Their early years in the US are covered through this book and how quite small events to others bring more sinister consequences back to the family. This is very cleverly and very well written and should be required reading for everyone. I particularly liked the section talking about whether staff at the Hebrew School should be discussing the Genocide with the young children attending or any children. So very powerful. 13mo
Andrew65 I strongly recommend the book and have to say the narrating of this audiobook was excellent, with the narrator getting the tone and presentation of the book exactly right.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publishers for providing a copy of this book for me, for an an open and honest review. #TheTakeAwayMen #NetGalley
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Started a new audiobook with this historical fiction book. #Netgalley

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SerenaCrawford
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I Recommend !!!

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A poignant family story of survival and new starts, love and forgiveness. The book has an interesting, diverse cast of characters. The majority have, in some way, been impacted by the Holocaust. Some can‘t stop talking about it. Aron never talks about his life in Poland and is still plagued with nightmares; often cranky and unaffectionate. Dyta is seen as a Jewish super-mom, but she is terrified her shocking secret will be revealed.