Thursday, October 1, 2015

History Corner: Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden (giveaway)


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this giveaway and info, free of charge,from JKS Communication, 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


 I have a new book to share with you, Wherever There Is Light, that fits perfectly into today's meme!

It is part literary fiction, part historical fiction and part romance. 

As a journalist, Peter has interviewed U.S. presidents, Israeli prime ministers and other world leaders. He spent decades researching race relations, American Jewry, the Great Depression, WWII, the changing roles of women and the Holocaust. Wherever There Is Light draws heavily from these real life snippets of history and tells a powerful and, at times, heartbreaking multi-generational tale that intertwines the lives of two families, one African American and one Jewish.

Wherever There is Light cover

Synopsis:

From the author of Comeback Love­, a sweeping, panoramic tale of twentieth-century America, chronicling the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave.


Julian Rose is only fifteen when he leaves his family and Germany for a new life in 1920s America. Lonely at first, he eventually finds his way—first by joining up with Longy Zwillman and becoming one of the preeminent bootleggers on the East Coast, and later by amassing a fortune in real estate.



Kendall Wakefield is a free-spirited college senior who longs to become a painter. Her mother, the daughter of a slave and founder of an African-American college in South Florida, is determined to find a suitable match for her only daughter.



One evening in 1938, Mrs. Wakefield hosts a dinner that reunites Julian with his parents—who have been rescued from Hitler’s Germany by the college—and brings him together with Kendall for the first time. From that encounter begins a thirty-year affair that will take the lovers from the beaches of Miami to the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to postwar life in Paris, where they will mingle with Sartre, Picasso, and a host of other artists and intellectuals. Through his years serving in American intelligence and as an interrogator at the Nuremberg trials, what Julian wants most is to marry and find the joy that eluded his parents. Kendall craves her freedom, and after trading her oil paints for a Leica camera, becomes a celebrated photographer, among the first American journalists to photograph the survivors of a liberated concentration camp. Yet despite distance, their competing desires, and the rapidly changing world, their longing for each other remains a constant in the ceaseless sweep of time.


Captivating and infused with historical detail, this is the epic tale of three generations, two different but intertwined families, and one unforgettable love story.


About the Author:

Peter Golden was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in the suburbs of South Orange and Maplewood, New Jersey, where he graduated from Columbia High School. He attended Ohio University for two years then transferred to SUNY Albany, graduating with a BA in Philosophy. He lives in Guilderland, New York, with his wife, a com munication professor at University at Albany, and their son.



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Giveaway:

To celebrate his new fiction novel, Wherever There Is Light Peter is giving away a Visa gift card up to $1,000. The prize will equal the number of people who enter (200 entrants = $200), so the more people participate, the bigger the prize.

Wouldn't that be great? 

Pre-order this great book, and win $1,000 for Christmas shopping?

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