I was recently given the chance to interview the three authors who are coming to the IFOA event in Thunder Bay. One of those authors is Alison Pick. I'm not at all familiar with her work, so I put her newest book, Between Gods on hold. Between Gods is a memoir, a genre I don't normally read. But it sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try.
Between Gods tells the story of a dark time in Alison's life. While working on her novel Far to Go, she was going through a really dark depression. It is also the story of secrets: Alison's family survived the Holocaust, but told no one they were Jewish. And so Alison finds herself drawn to Judaism, almost on a cellular level.
But Alison is Jewish only through her father (Judaism is passed through the matrilineal line). And she is going to marry a Gentile. So the road to Judaism is a tough one. She finds a rabbi who will sponsor her, but there is a catch: to become Jewish, her husband must convert, too. While he is supportive of her desire, Degan does not want to convert. And so this is the story of Alison's struggle to find her way back to the light (and back to the religion that feels so right to her).
Between Gods is a powerful story with beautiful (and at times haunting) text. I loved every minute of reading it, and am now very interested in trying some of her fiction (particularly Far to Go).
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.