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Send for Me: A novel by Lauren Fox

Send for Me: A novel (edition 2021)

by Lauren Fox (Author)

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Title:Send for Me: A novel
Authors:Lauren Fox (Author)
Info:Knopf (2021), 272 pages
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Send For Me by Lauren Fox


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This book is based on letters written by the author's great-grandmother from Germany during the Holocaust; however, it is a fictional account of Klara, Annelise, Ruth, and Clara. Klara is the great-grandmother in Germany and Clara is her great-granddaughter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The book moves among these women describing their relationships with each other, their loves, and their lives in Germany and Wisconsin. Annelise and Walter with daughter Ruth manage to leave Germany and try to get the paperwork for Annelise parents to follow them. ( )
  baughga | Mar 31, 2021 |
This is a story of Annalise and her family. As a young girl, Annalise was the target of her mother’s not-picking, always pushing Annalise. They were a Jewish family in Germany, and owned a bakery. In the late 1930s, Annalise had married Walter and had a child, Ruthie. Annalise’s friend, Sofie, had already told her they could no longer be friends, because Annalise was Jewish. Her parents were losing business at the bakery, and Annalise felt the disdain of others.
Annalise, Walter, and Ruthie emigrate to the US, where relatives of Walter agree to sponsor them. Walter’s friend, Oskar, also moved to the US. It is difficult living so far away from her parents. Klara, Annalise‘s mother, corresponds via letters, always sending her love to Ruthie, but also telling Annalise of the failures to get their papers correct.
Years later, Clare, Annalise’s granddaughter struggles in relationships, but also, feels a strong tote to her family.
This is a story of love between families, the difficulty of leaving everything you knew behind, including family, continuing traditions, and building new lives.
I liked how the author sprinkled in letters from her ancestors into the story. It made it authentic. While not directly about the way and the Holocaust, it still reflects the horrors of prejudice, and what racism takes from all of us. ( )
  rmarcin | Mar 18, 2021 |
Send for me, Lauren Fox, author; Natasha Soudek, narrator
This is a heartbreaking story that begins during a terrible time in history that is stained with blood and shame. It is about the Holocaust in a way it is not often memorialized. It is about the effects of it upon those that experienced it and/or survived it, and after so much trauma, fear and loss, sometimes distanced from the “final solution”, in miles only, somehow projected its effects and fears onto future generations.
Four generations , four love stories, and four relationships between mothers and daughters that retain, above all, a sense of loyalty and devotion, are featured in this novel. The mundane day to day life is illustrated with very tender emotion and a deep feeling of authenticity. World War II and Hitler’s demonic plans for the Jews, set in motion a pattern of unusually dependent relationships that would continue for generations in the survivors of the savage and uncivilized behavior of the Germans. Alone, each event was not as awful as it was when they were all added up to become a whole. No one could come through such a tragic set of events without scars, and those scars would influence generation after generation, as some could not even speak of the atrocities, so awful was the memory and the experience. Those that did not experience it, but witnessed it, or were related to those who did, were also traumatized since their losses were too great to discuss openly and were hard to believe, as well. Families were taken away and simply disappeared. Jews were made to be invisible, and then they were slowly tortured, humiliated, brutalized and murdered. Many Germans claimed ignorance and others simply supported the abomination that was National Socialism. Because Germans were so meticulous about themselves and their record keeping, eventually, most of the Jews were accounted for, even if the records of the reasons for their deaths were false, but at least their final days were revealed, horrific though they were.
There are those who deny the Holocaust. There are those who downplay its horrors. There are those who deny knowing about it, although they were there and belonged to the Nazi Party. There are few left who witnessed it or suffered through it; so much time has passed. However, the effects of such barbarism will not soon be forgotten by anyone with a relation that experienced any part of Hitler’s brutality and inhumanity.
The book is a novel, and as such, it devotes itself more to the relationship between parent and child, mother and daughter, uncovering the loyalty and responsibility that the deep love for each other engenders, even when not faced with danger. Still, the memories of the war cast its shadow on generation after generation, so that independence of the family was difficult to accept or achieve. In those war-torn families, there is a need to stay together, not to lose touch, not to be forgotten or ignored because that would make Hitler successful, finally.
The book takes the reader through Hitler’s rise and the inability of Jews to face what was truly happening, so bizarre and horrendous were the actions, but so subtle and slow to occur that like a boiling pot, until the bubbles appeared, no one knew how hot the situation had become. By then, it was often too late to escape, and no one could send for them successfully.
The book seems loosely based on letters from the author’s great grandparents to her grandparents, but the book definitely illustrates the profound long-lasting and far-reaching effects of the horrors of Germany’s Third Reich.
There were times when the book was confusing as it went from generation to generation and character to character, but overall, it meshed well and knitted all the loose ends together, ending on a high note of hope, I think. Other readers may feel differently since the ending is not clearly defined. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Mar 2, 2021 |
From a bakery in Germany, to a town in Wisconsin, this novel follows three generations of mothers and daughters. Annelise never wanted to leave Germany with her daughter and husband, leaving her mother and father behind, but as friends turn to enemies, Jewish businesses forced to close, unable to freely walk down the street, they have little choice. It is the opening days of Jewish persecution before WWI and they are lucky enough to get visas to leave, hoping to bring her parents over at a later date.

A quiet book, in many ways a sad book, but also a book filled with love. The special bond between mothers and daughters. Memories, cherished and not forgotten, lingering effects on the present, the future. New places, new challenges, friends, but difficult to adjust, to forget, overcome. Baggage, knowingly or not, passed down, what do we chose to keep, let become part of our story. Klara, Annalise, Ruth and Clare, mothers and daughters, loving, grieving, trying to make it through life with themselves and their relationships intact.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more from this talented author.

ARC from Edelweiss ( )
  Beamis12 | Feb 20, 2021 |
An achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family.
  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Feb 16, 2021 |
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