Awake in the Dark (2020)

Awake in the Dark Shira Nayman Awake in the Dark Bold and deeply affecting Awake in the Dark is a provocative and haunting work of fiction about who we are and how we are formed by history These luminous stories portray the contemporary lives of th
  • Title: Awake in the Dark
  • Author: Shira Nayman
  • ISBN: 9780743292689
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
Awake in the Dark Shira Nayman Bold and deeply affecting, Awake in the Dark is a provocative and haunting work of fiction about who we are and how we are formed by history These luminous stories portray the contemporary lives of the children of Holocaust victims and perpetrators as they struggle with the legacy of their parents their questions of identity, family, and faith Awake in the Dark isBold and deeply affecting, Awake in the Dark is a provocative and haunting work of fiction about who we are and how we are formed by history These luminous stories portray the contemporary lives of the children of Holocaust victims and perpetrators as they struggle with the legacy of their parents their questions of identity, family, and faith Awake in the Dark is peopled by characters embarking on journeys of self discovery they unearth the past and the secrets that shaped them In The House on Kronenstrasse, a woman returns to Germany to find her childhood home in The Porcelain Monkey, the shocking origins of an Orthodox Jewish woman s faith are revealed in The Lamp, the harrowing experiences of a young woman leave her with the perfect daughter and a strange light and in Dark Urgings of the Blood, a patient is convinced that she shares a disturbing history with her psychiatrist.Rendered in clear, unaffected prose, Shira Nayman s powerful and heartbreaking collection explores the burden of history Awake in the Dark is an illuminating and startling book about the disguises we don, the secrets we keep, and the consequences of our silences.
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  1. Micheal Fraser

    I was amazed, no, powerfully moved by these stories They tended to intensify as I read The one thing that fascinated me most was the subject of silence It informed all of the stories If you cannot speak of something, you remain silent, or something like that according to Nietzsche I have noticed this before, for example in Elizabeth Rosner s The Speed of Light in which the father s silence about what happened to him during the war effected his two children in such radical ways There is something [...]

  2. Abby

    Shira Nayman was a clinical psychologist in Australia before turning to writing fiction and landing in where else Brooklyn She has written a couple of novels since this collection of three thematically linked stories and a novella was published in 2006 and one can only hope that the failings here are rookie mistakes and she has matured in her recent work.All these stories involve children of survivors of the Holocaust and or the war in Germany struggling to come to terms with their parents pain [...]

  3. Linda Lipko

    This is a book of short stories, superbly written Each story is a tale of the holocaust seen through the eyes of the children of the survivors The most powerful story is The House o fKronenstrasse wherein a daughter who, after her mother dies, returns to Germany Seeking her childhood home, she discovers a powerful secret.Recommended

  4. Kristin

    This book is tagged as a series of short stories, however it is like 3 short stories that lead you into a short novel Though none of the stories are directly related, all are stories that stem from Nazi Germany, all bringing different light and touching on different experiences of the period I am not sure how my obsession of this time period came about, but this book brings so many different situations to life Brilliantly written, and absolutely bone chilling Dark Urgings of of the Blood had me [...]

  5. Karen

    This book will shake you to the core, particularly the last story dark urgings of the blood Nayman is a brilliant storyteller, able to draw the reader deep into the scene through her effective use of telling the story in present tense in the first person voice of the central character, the daughter of a parent with dark secrets I could not put this book down, and having just finished the last story, I can still feel my fingers shaking as I type this review.

  6. Cheri

    Hauntingly beautiful stories of family secrets hidden and revealed during and after the Holocaust One of the few books I would say is a must read.Powerful and heartbreaking, Shira Nayman weaves together people and events into vignettes of life and shadows Her words are spare and thoughtful, and the results are devastating I read and reread her stories over and over again her words stay with you long after you ve closed the pages.

  7. Jonathan Rosas

    It s hard to find a book to really WOW me but this book did just that Every story just kept getting better and better and the twists at the end of each story were just amazing, and sent chills up my spine every time I recommended this book to every body and would re read it over and over again.

  8. Rina

    Four stories peopled with characters embarking on journeys of self discovery by unearthing the past and the secrets that helped shape their life perspective Each of the stories are about women, Judaism, the effects of the Holocaust in varying degrees why not men were they not affected also I cannot say it s an enjoyable book but it certainly can provide food for thought and discussion though not so much for me because I keep saying I will never read another WWII Holocaust book and they keep comi [...]

  9. Maurizio Manco

    In fondo, in ogni vita c qualcosa che non germoglia, un piccolo, duro seme depositato da qualche parte, il cui destino di restare dormiente La lampada, p 122

  10. Mary

    I recently read A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, and in that wonderful book were several references to the Jewish Youth Center that was a big part of Deresiewicz s childhood I thought about that as I read this quote in the novella in Awake in the Dark This was not so unusual in our close knit Jewish community, which was largely made up of refugees from Europe Most of my friends parents had lost their families in the Holocaust many were the sole survivors Perhaps this is why the bo [...]

  11. Janice

    I don t often read short stories, as I like the greater depth of story and characters that a longer book allows However, these stories are so well written that I read through this volume quickly The novella that ends the group is a fore runner of The Listener , by this same author both are set in psychiatric long term facilities, in a rural area outside Manhattan In both, psychiatrist and patient sometimes switch roles, and the therapists are left shaken by their encounters with certain patients [...]

  12. Keri

    I am not a big fan of short stories but these were really good A collection of 4 total, the first 3 being a bit shorter and the last reading like a novel The last one, Dark Urgings of the Blood, took the overall score for me to a 4 or 4.5, maybe even 5 I really liked it, couldn t put it down infact The first 3 were good but the last one was really captivating An interesting premise for these short stories All were well written and engaging Dark subject matter for sure about a time in our histor [...]

  13. Barbara M

    Shira Nayman is a clinical psychologist and holds a Master s degree in English She is a gifted writer.This is a book unlike any other I have read about the Halocaust It s a psychological thriller about the effects of the Holocaust on generations of families It effectively shows the way this history effects the perpetrators and the victims of the Halocaust.d how it ocntinues to effect future generations of the family as secrets surface and are faced Each story contains an unexpected twist.I liter [...]

  14. Kristen

    Hauntingterally I had nightmares almost the whole time I was reading this book But, it made me think and question, which is always good I wonder if I would have gotten out of it if I had some knowledge of Jewish mysticism Kabalah That seemed to be a common thread in all of the stories, how the past and present are intertwined and how we possess a knowing far beyond the rational On a personal level, I was most touched by the stories of mothers and daughters The mothers made impossible decisions [...]

  15. Erin

    There was some truly beautiful writing and imagery in this book But, I can only give it 3 stars I really disliked most of the main characters They seemed to be very selfish, self important, and much too self involved One or two stories with a main character like that is fine, but not 3 I did really enjoy the lamp, and the mother in that story was my favorite character, probably because she was less self absorbed than all the other main characters.

  16. Gloriasalt

    I ve read a ton of holocaust literature and this one is by far the most interesting I ve read in awhile.The stories reveal the tragedy of the Germans as well as other victims of the Nazis including the Jews The last story did not hang well for me it didn t make any sense in terms of being very possible.But as a whole, the book was great.

  17. Joy

    This was an excellent book I would highly recommend it to all my friends This is a collection of four fictional short stories that are based on events that could have happened the author certainly knows her Holocaust history The stories are about the children of Holocaust survivors, and how the experiences of the parents have impacted their children A very good read, indeed

  18. Martha

    I m having a hard time writing a review, because the book was good, but terribly sad, too It s interesting to read a story, as told from the perspective of a person who was a victim during the Holocaust, and then to read about the perspective of the perpetrators, too Very intriguing and hard to put down.

  19. Cathy Standish

    Shira Nayman s four short stories read like a series of parables than prose Each thematic tale comes with a twist and turn, often dark, many times churning Offering intellectual food for thought, Awake in the Dark will keep your mind wondering and asking, do I want to fall asleep in a world that allowed humanity to fall so low

  20. Lisa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories 3 short stories 1 novella Yes, they were about a difficult subject survivors of the Holocaust both Jew and German but the author s writing style was superb and I was completely captivated by the stories I d be interested in reading by this author.

  21. Linda

    Stories about children of Holocaust victims and how their lives intersect with the Nazi s Germans Four short stories and one very long Three of the four were extremely moving and powerful I couldn t put it down and read the whole book in one sitting.

  22. Linda

    Joan s book club choice for Feb Collection of short stories all dealing with people trying to come to terms with their past or parents past during the Holocaust Liked the first three, but not so much the last one.

  23. steffy

    Incredibly sad and moving I must say I enjoyed the shorter stories in the first half of the book much than the second half of the book, which was one long story I found the story in the second half of the book to be a little too fantastical.

  24. Carrie

    I can t believe this book has been sitting on my shelf for years, unread These haunting stories are a must read for anyone Jewish but I think everyone could appreciate them Just don t expect to be able to sleep after reading these stories of the legacy of the Holocaust.

  25. Kathleen

    This book will have me looking a little closer to short stories, that I normally stay clear of The novelette at the end of the book was especially interesting and kept me up late to see how it would all come together.

  26. Michelle Hendricks

    I liked this book of short stories and a novella Each is a contemporary story about the lives of the children Holocaust victims and perpetrators as they struggle with the legacy of their parents.The House on KronenstrasseThe Porcelain MonkeyThe LampDark Urgings of the Blood

  27. Nicole

    this is an extraordinary collection of short stories regarding holocaust survivors and their families It is moving I enojyed the stories and the fact that you could easily read one and put it down for a while if you have other things competing for your time enjoy.

  28. Roxanne

    An important book to read to get a perspective on the Holocaust and the continuing cost to its survivors and generations afterward I did not know it was a collection of short stories beforehand, but that format worked out quite well.

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