My Mother’s Ring
Henryk Frankowski is a young man growing up in Warsaw, Poland. He and his family – a brother, a baby sister, mother and father – have the misfortune of being Jewish when Hitler comes to power; their idyllic life is shattered when Poland is invaded. The novel tells the family’s story from Henryk’s perspective, from ghetto-life to concentration camp to, ultimately, survival and the creation of an new life. This is a very well-written book and very enjoyable to read. It took me less than two days to finish, constantly wanting to see what was going to happen next. The author finds a way to keep the mood relatively light and hopeful despite the depressing subject matter. The book is also well-presented, with a cover that’s evocative without being overwhelming. My only quibble is that on rare occasions the author uses words or phrases that don’t fit with the time period (such as “suck it up”). I highly recommend this book.