9 December 2016

Published December 7, 2016 by rochellewisoff

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The following is a tweaked scene from my first novel PLEASE SAY KADDISH FOR ME. 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 99


            Like an impetuous child, Havah hopped from foot to foot.  New York City’s imposing skyline appeared to be painted against gray clouds.

            What kind of life would they have in this unfamiliar place? She wound and unwound the fringes of her shawl around her index finger. Would Americans understand her English?

            Yussel grasped her arm. “Is she there?”

            “Yes, Papa. Like a queen with flowing robes and a crown, she’s standing in the harbor holding her torch high in the air for the entire world to see.

            His sightless eyes brimmed and he smiled serenely. “Yes, I see her.”




Framed Havah at 16

HAVAH COHEN GITTERMAN – Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

YUSSEL GITTERMAN -Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

YUSSEL GITTERMAN -Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The final edits are complete! The third book in the Havah Cohen Gitterman trilogy is out! 



114 comments on “9 December 2016

  • The story’s lovely. I don’t even know if I can participate this week, too much work… just wanted to say: the book, the book, hooray! Congrats, Rochelle! I go and read now…

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  • The hope people see when they see Lady Liberty is something we must not forget or take for granted. Especially as we we remember the past on this Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th. Great story within a story.


  • This was a very touching story, Rochelle and the last line was incredible.
    I’m Australian with no person connection to America and have never been there but I have read stories of people arriving by boat to New York, especially during the Irish Famine.
    Congratulations on the book.
    BTW, the portraits are amazing. You’re very talented!

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    • Dear Rowena,

      I’m so pleased you liked the scene. I can imagine how my 19 year old grandfather must’ve felt the first time he saw the Statue in 1906. He had no family so he hitchhiked to the Midwest.
      BTW, I did have a friend from Australia who was a dancer. She passed away a few years back, way too young.
      Thank you for your sweet compliments.



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      • Rochelle, do you know why he migrated to America?
        Our immigrant ancestors were so brave. Traveling to the other side of the world alone and leaving everyone and thing thing you know behind and not being able to pop back and letters taking so long. We have no idea what they went through!
        xx Rowena

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        • Dear Rowena,

          What little I know about Grandpa came from my mom. From what she told me, I’d say he had little or no family to leave. She said he didn’t know his own birthday which would’ve been a result of the pogroms in Poland. I suspect he saw more of the violence than he ever cared to speak of. I really wish I’d known him better. He was never a very approachable person. In retrospect, there’s so many questions I would love to ask him. I can only read the history and guess. Hence, the reason for my novels.



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          • That generation seemed to keep a lot more to themselves…especially when you consider what young people put on Facebook these days! No doubt that wall of privacy was stronger when there was so much suffering behind it too. I have some Irish heritage and they had it rough too. I also have some German/Polish heritage and possible Jewish blood. I am wanting to take the Ancestry DNA test and see what shows up. Your novels sound interesting and hopefully I will get a chance to read them. I’m rather embroiled in research and writing at the moment and don’t want to break the spell while it’s going. I was going really well on this project last year until a series of disasters intervened.

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            • I understand about being embroiled in research and writing. For the first couple of years of my series I became a virtual recluse…even in the midst of a crowd. I think I’ve learned to balance that, but my husband might beg to differ. My books will be there when you’re ready to read.
              I’d love to do the DNA testing also. I know I’m pretty much Eastern European Ashkenazi Jew, but I’d like to know what else flows through these veins.
              Hope things are smoothing out for you, Rowena. Thank you for the great conversation thread.



  • Huge congratulations on the book, Rochelle – well done you and wonderful news. And what a lovely snippet to share with us today, full of such excitement and hope for the future in a new home. Love the way Havah describes Lady Liberty to Yussel. Great story

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  • I absolutely love the trailer. Very well done, it leaves me wanting to drop everything and read.

    Your story hit home, I know how she felt, I have been there myself so many years ago. Thank you for another great photo-prompt.

    I wish you and yours a great winter. 🙂

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    • Dear Bridget,

      This scene is actually toward the end of the book. I’m pleased you liked it and it made you want to read the rest. That’s what these teasers are about. 😉 Oops! I shouldn’t reveal my ulterior motive, should I?

      Thank you for affirming comments.



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    • Dear Eric,

      I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to come to a new country without knowing the customs or the language. Writing these books has made me feel closer to my grandparents who did just that. Thank you for your affirming words.



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  • Beautiful story! My paternal great-grandpa came through Ellis Island from Austria-Hungary (he was an ethnic Croat); on my mom’s family, some were here before Columbus, others came in chains from Africa, others came from Europe, but I don’t know their stories of how they got here. Thus, I’m connected to many aspects of American history!

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    • Dear Kevin,

      What a right heritage you have! It would be wonderful if you could connect with your ancestor’s stories, although I’m sure that it’s hard to find much about the African slaves. 😦 I ran into difficulty in local Kansas City history when it came to African Americans. Very frustrating. Important people glossed over with an honorable mention. Of course I also ran into stone walls with my own family histories. So I ended up inventing a family instead, for the novels.
      Glad you liked the story. Thank you for commenting.



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    • Querida Isadora,

      Gracias for such a lovely comment. I can only imagine what it feels like to be an immigrant and see the Lady for the first time.

      Yussel is a very important character in all three of the books. He’s been blind since he had ‘brain fever’ in his forties. It never stopped him from being a Rabbi.

      In any case, I’m pleased that this scene stood alone.

      Abrazos y shalom,



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