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When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.
When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather—and her family—comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.
Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can—and cannot—escape.
Take your time to read this book- it is full of information, nuances and secrets. For those that are not aware of the Jewish folk tales, it may seem like aslightly disjunted read in the beginning, but if you stay with the book grows like a flower blossoming and everything makes sense, and the book grows on you and stays with you after you finish it. If you are looking for a book that gives you a new take on mythology and life, with some decent mystery thrown in, be sure to check this one out!
About the Author:
grew up in Philadelphia and studied writing at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Barnard College. I lived in New York City for 10 years before returning to the Philadelphia area with my husband and daughter. The Angel of Losses is my first novel. For more info check out her website!