WHOLENESS OF A BROKEN HEART
selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program,
soon to be translated into Dutch, Finnish and Hebrew
My novel is about regeneration after the Holocaust, and it's told through four generations of Jewish mother-daughter relationships starting with the women who lived through pogroms in Latvia and then immigrated to the United States around the turn of the century. Some of these women stay in the old country during the Holocaust, some of them live through it in America. Then there's a contemporary mother-daughter relationship in the suburbs of the United States.
The story begins with Hannah, who's the youngest member of this family. She and her mother have a very close relationship, and eventually, when she comes of age, this relationship shatters. It's a great mystery to her why this has happened, what's actually happened. She turns to her grandmothers and great-grandmothers to grasp who her family is -- and who she is.
Photo of Katie Singer by Herbert Lotz.