A Castle in Brooklyn

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5.6 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a doctor of letters degree from Drew University and for the past thirty years has taught English literature at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey. The mother of three grown sons and grandmother to two precocious granddaughters, she currently resides in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with her husband, Arthur. For more information visit www.shirleywachtel.com.


"This is a story about immigration, adaptation to new cultures, and...a chance to grapple with the traditional roles that women play...A solid choice for book clubs." --Library Journal

"Wachtel [shows] how surviving the horrors of Nazi-occupied Poland...doesn't guarantee a 'happily ever after' in America but may become a source of pride, strength, and reconciliation for the next generation." --Historical Novels Review

"A Castle in Brooklyn is a story about love and endurance. It follows Jacob and Zalman as they survive 1944 Poland and make their way to America, to a dreamlike life that is shattered too soon. With deep empathy, Wachtel lays bare an incredible resilience and desire to live that will inspire readers and keep them turning the page. Magnificent." --Rachel Barenbaum, author of A Bend in the Stars and Atomic Anna

"An enchanting, lively, and heartbreaking novel--all at once--A Castle in Brooklyn evokes such a tantalizing yet improbable image, especially for Holocaust survivors. Survival rendered them royalty, but could a fortress keep them safe from memories and destinies that could cross any moat? Wachtel delivers a most worthy debut." --Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible