Wednesday Q & J: August 30, 2023

Q: You have written 3 holocaust novels. Why, after one, did you dive back in to such a heavy subject?

J: Honestly, each time I finished a Holocaust novel I said: “That’s it.”  Because both the research and writing took a great toll on  me. But each time, when a new place or time showed up in my research, I changed my mind and wrote another book. And then I wrote a book of Holocaust poems called “Kaddish” which won the Sophie Brodie Medal for best  Jewish Book last year–the first book of poetry to do so. So I am not saying “never again” again.