All That Lingers
Irene Wittig (Author)
March 20, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.96 inches | 1.38 pounds
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About the Author
I was born in liberated Rome to a half-Jewish Viennese mother who had found a modicum of safety in Italy after the Nazi annexation of Austria. My early childhood was spent changing countries and languages until we arrived in New York. There, from age seven, I lived in a Manhattan neighborhood of Holocaust survivors and fellow Europeans displaced by war. I absorbed their memories of betrayals and sacrifice, of courage and difficult decisions, of strangers' kindnesses and sheer luck. I came to understand that their gratitude for having found safety in America was tinged with longing for the lives they'd once loved and had been forced to give up. I learned that the past is never quite past. These lingering shadows of all that had been lost are what inspired me to write ALL THAT LINGERS - yet, in writing the novel I found myself reflecting on what my family's life might have been like had they not been able to leave Vienna.