A Ritchie Boy


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Linda Kass is the author of two historical novels, Tasa's Song (2016) and A Ritchie Boy (2020). She began her career as a magazine journalist and correspondent for regional and national publications. She and her husband, Frank, have four children, five grandchildren, and a labradoodle named Wally. She is the founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore in Columbus, Ohio.


2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards): Silver Winner in Historical Fiction
"Linda Kass's eagerly anticipated second novel, A Ritchie Boy, is an engrossing, deeply moving story of the immigrant journey, a profound and timely reminder of how refugees have woven their strengths, talents, successes, and sacrifices into the fabric of America."
--Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times best-selling author of Resistance Women

"...[a] lovely novel in stories...Kass doesn't shy away from the horrors of exile, anti-Semitism, genocide, and war. But she also presents a strong case for stubbornly opposing that darkness with tolerance, decency, friendship, love, and hope. "
--Historical Novels Review

"Told as a series of interconnected stories, Linda Kass's captivating, based-in-truth novel A Ritchie Boy is about assimilation, hope, and perseverance."
--Foreword Reviews

"A mesmerizing kaleidoscope of stories about displacement, finding home, and the kindness of strangers. Haunting and heartfelt."
--Fiona Davis, national best-selling author of The Chelsea Girls

"From Vienna during the Anschluss to booming post-war Columbus, Linda Kass has done her homework. Half historical novel, half family saga, A Ritchie Boy will charm readers who loved All the Light We Cannot See."
--Stewart O'Nan, author of A World Away

"I devoured A Ritchie Boy over a single weekend. What a rich, beautiful book Linda Kass has written. I found such poignancy and delight in every facet of these characters' lives. This is first-rate historical fiction."
--Alex George, national and international best-selling author of A Good American and The Paris Hours, owner of Skylark Books

"How did a whole generation of the Jews who were lucky enough to escape Hitler manage to re-invent themselves in America? In A Ritchie Boy, Linda Kass lovingly explores the spirit and the process of one such transformation. A compelling story of empathy, resilience, and the power of the American Dream."
--Nina Barrett, Owner, Bookends & Beginnings

"A Ritchie Boy interweaves characters from Kass's first novel, Tasa's Song--providing a rich context of place and perseverance during the darkness surrounding World War II. The everyday human spirit is unmasked by the revelation of profound life experiences in this engaging tale that will appeal to public library customers."
--Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library

"Historical fiction is a literary time machine. Thanks to the talent and imagination of Linda Kass, this journey back to the tragic days of World War II is both solemn and joyous - solemn because of the ghastly shadow of Nazism overtaking Europe, and joyous because of the forces of light that rose up to oppose it. These linked stories create a seamless and poignant whole, a deeply felt, richly described, and quietly moving meditation on faith, passion, sacrifice, struggle, and the everlasting power of family love."
--Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Sorrow Road

"Trust Linda Kass to write delicately and compassionately about the pain and bravery required of refugees. Although her milieu is the Second World War, and the host country is the American Mid-West, this gem of a book resonates profoundly even today."
--Helen Shulman, author of Come With Me

"Linda Kass's A Ritchie Boy is a splendid gathering of memorable characters and stories about what it takes to leave a home, to travel to a new country, and to find a way to not only survive there, but to thrive. This story of persistence will warm you with its indomitable belief in family and in love."
--Lee Martin