As encouraged by Maria, Kelly and Mel when I wrote my first non flash fiction post for my blog, here is a book review… a first for my flash fiction only blog 😱
Please Say Kaddish For Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Reviewed by Kelvin M. Knight
The format of a book I want to read is important to me. I reluctantly read this book in Kindle format, on my iPhone rather than on my Kindle because my Kindle refused to download this book or any other book on Amazon for that matter. I say reluctant because I tried purchasing Please Say Kaddish For Me in paperback format from the author directly (so I could get the book signed while hopefully also getting a personal message). Despite Rochelle’s best efforts, the price of shipment from America to the UK was too high for me.
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For guidelines and rules for the What Pegman Saw weekly writing prompt, visit the home page. Thanks as always to Karen Rawson for facilitating this growing challenge. I must say it’s quite habit forming.
This morning I’m actually caught up on Friday Fictioneers so in the wee early hours I had some time to write. Following the research trail, I learned something new about an obscure and dying custom of the remote Kreoung tribe in Cambodia. As westerners many of us would shake our heads. Scandalous? I’ll leave that decision to the reader.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 150
“When will you decide, daughter?” Mae clucked her tongue and shook her head. “When I was your age I had given birth twice. What about Heng or Phala? I happen to know both have visited you more than once. Either would make a good husband.”
Nineteen-year-old Duong Dara grimaced as she picked at her rice. “Phala fidgets and Heng’s breath is terrible.”
“Your mother is right.” Pa frowned. “Your sister has given us two grandsons and she is younger than you.”
Hours later Dara shrugged off their words as she peeked around the opening of her maiden hut. The power of choice was in her hand.
Chann approached. Moonlight haloed his gleaming hair. His mouth spread in a broad smile revealing even white teeth. Her heart raced and her breath caught in her throat as she anticipated those tender lips against hers.
This blog offers a different type of book review—one that’s combined with vocabulary building. Included here, following a short review, are a few particularly interesting words I found in Please Say Kaddish for Me. The definitions are followed by quotes from the story.
A particularly talented writer, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is also an artist who creates her own cover art.
Please Say Kaddish for Me is the story of a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl who escapes an attack on her home in Russia in 1899. Czarist marauders kill her entire family. Young Havah Cohen barely survives the frigid cold as she runs away in just a nightgown. She fortunately ends up in the arms of another loving Jewish family. But her struggles don’t end as more persecution of the people of her faith reigns down. The story unfolds as Havah builds her physical and emotional strength, learns to adapt to new situations…
The next photo is the PROMPT. Remember, all photos are property of the photographer, donated for use in Friday Fictioneers only. They shouldn’t be used for any other purpose without express permission. It is proper etiquette to give the contributor credit.
I had great fun this past week interviewing with fellow author Sarah Potter. The magic of the internet and Skype certainly shorten the distance between us. What interesting times we live in. Thank you, Sarah!
I’m thrilled to welcome author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields to my blog for a second time, on this happy occasion to interview her about her writing. For those of you who missed her guest storyteller post back in November of last year, here’s a recap of her biography.
Kansas City native Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is a woman of Jewish descent and the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants. She has a close personal connection to Jewish history, which has been a recurring theme throughout much of her writing. Growing up, she was heavily influenced by the Sholom Aleichem stories, the basis for Fiddler on the Roof. Her novels Please Say Kaddish for Me, From Silt and Ashes and As One Must, One Can were born of her desire to share the darker side of these beloved tales—the history that can be difficult to view, much less embrace.
What can be more gratifying for an author than seeing her books in print? Seeing that readers appreciate her efforts.
Last Saturday marks my first book signing in 2017 at Reader’s World in Lee’s Summit Missouri. For those unfamiliar with this little book and gift nook, it’s a lovely, local alternative to its national competitor. Many thanks go to Christian Apodaca who is inviting and supportive to local authors.
Book sales went fairly well, thanks to three readers who bought the entire trilogy.
In addition to the joy of selling, was the joy of seeing some friends I haven’t seen for a while. One of the high points for me was reconnecting with Dawn Downey, fellow author who was one of my earliest mentors in the Kansas City Writers Group.
My husband, Jan was on hand to snap a few photos:
Reader’s World in Lee’s Summit
Happiness is seeing all three of my books on the bookshelf at Reader’s World.
Seeing author friend, Dawn Downey, was definitely a HIGH POINT!
Former coworker and good friend, Theo Tatum.
Amy Richardson…I’ve been blessed with friends and readers from all over.
Allison Banaka Herndon, whose back is seen, but not her front.
With good friends Mark and Donna Shinn. Donna and I were icing slingers together.
The Summerfords…Conja Summerlin and Marie Gail Stratford are always supportive.
When I started writing in earnest two years ago I created this blog and stumbled across a weekly flash fiction challenge called Friday Fictioneers. A photo would be posted each week and participants were invited to use the prompt to create a hundred word story.
It sounded fun and a good way to kick off my blog. Writing the first story was difficult. It took me ages to edit it down to 100 words. It was nerve wracking sending my first story out into the world but if I’m honest, I didn’t expect anyone to read it, but read it they did. I was enveloped into a supportive writing community who have critiqued with kindness, encouraged and soothed every step of the way on my journey to publication, commiserating with every rejection and celebrating my first two novels hitting No. 1 on Amazon. I am so grateful to those bloggers…