Finding Home (Hungary, 1945)

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Koehler Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.84 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author
Dean Cycon is an author, lawyer, human rights advocate, and social entrepreneur who has lived and worked in over sixty countries. A passionate explorer of culture and history, Dean seeks out unexamined corners that illuminate the human condition. He has previously published Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, which was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Travel Essay by the Independent Publishers Association and has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Finding Home (Hungary, 1945) is his first novel. Dean lives in Western Massachusetts, USA.

"Finding Home is a poetic, sweeping, and transportive story of Jewish returnees seeking to rebuild their lives after the war. In a world where prejudice and greed haven't ceased, and where displacement continues long after liberation, Cycon gives us a powerful and emotional read, with faith, music, and beauty central to the search for home."

-Jennifer Rosner, award-winning author of The Yellow Bird Sings and Once We Were Home

"The image of Eva Fleiss playing imaginary keys at Auschwitz to contain the madness that surrounds her is the epicenter of this beautiful novel. Like Ulysses returning to Ithaca, she will face a variety of tests that will define-for her and for us-the meaning of home in a disrupted world. A powerful debut!"

-Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor at Amherst College and editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

"In his debut novel, Finding Home, Dean Cycon delves deeply into the seldom-explored story of Jewish life after the Holocaust. As survivors return home to the ruins of their former lives, they must rely on the restorative powers of hope, courage, and art as they work to heal their souls and repair the world. Cycon tells a tale that must be told with great passion and historical dedication."

-David R. Gillham, New York Times Bestselling Author of City of Women

"Finding Home by Dean Cycon is a rollercoaster ride of deep emotions as six Holocaust survivors-five men and a teenage girl-are returned to their hometown in Hungary directly after the war. The anger and resentment from the townspeople who had taken over all of the Jewish houses and businesses is palpable and disturbing. This is a truth-telling historical novel at its best, where the author has not flinched and the reader cannot put the book down."

-Jane Yolen, author of more than 400 books including the Holocaust novels The Devil's Arithmetic, Mapping the Bones, and Briar Rose. Her book Kaddish won the Sophie Brodie medal in 2022, the same year she won Sydney Taylor Lifetime Award.