It’s 1976 and Hannah Stone, a journalist living in New York City, is haunted by memories of her early childhood years in Poland during WWII. Hannah and her Jewish parents, Dr. Harry and Molly Stone, formerly Hershel and Malka Stein, survive WWII by passing themselves off as Gentiles with the help of friends, eventually enabling the three of them to come to the United States. Weakened by illness, her father opens up and reveals a tragic family secret. Hannah’s older sister, hidden from the Nazis, disappeared and was left behind in Poland. He asks Hannah, now in her thirties, to use her journalistic skills to find her sister.
The emotional story of the family’s wartime experiences in Poland and their early days settling in the U.S., is told in flashbacks. This book will tug at your heartstrings.
Keeping Secrets is journalist Bina Bernard’s impressive debut novel. She was born in Poland and lives in New York, where her parents settled after World War II.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: January 19, 2021.
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