Horodno Burning


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$17.99  $16.73
Rootstock Publishing
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.74 inches | 1.07 pounds

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About the Author

When he's not cutting next winter's firewood, pulling weeds in the garden, or off on an adventure with his wife, Patricia, Michael Freed-Thall is probably staring at his computer waiting for inspiration. When he retired after thirty years as a teacher and principal in Vermont schools, he took up writing. He is a past director of the Burlington Writers Workshop and in 2018 co-edited that organization's annual publication. He received a scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center, and was chosen for the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He finished his first book, "Horodno Burning," a novel about literature, freedom, and Jewish survival, because of those opportunities. Learn more at michaelfreedthall.com.


"Michael Freed-Thall's Horondo Burning is a beautifully-textured, epic historical novel with an ending that will simultaneously break your heart and inspire you to live life to the fullest. With courageous, noble, and big-hearted characters at its center, Horondo Burning takes readers on a journey through turbulent and dramatic times and into a rich and stirring account of Jewish history. Readers of historical fiction who look for strong female characters at the spine will be enraptured by this exquisite debut."

-Stephanie Storey, bestselling author of Oil and Marble and Raphael, Painter in Rome

"Thoughtful, powerful, and tender, Horodno Burning brings to life the conflicts and contradictions of family life and political activism in the Pale of Settlement, beginning with the story of a religious boy who cannot read and a girl who loves books and wants equality for women. Living with the constant threat of violence in the late nineteenth-century Russian Empire, Bernard and Esther search for ways to resist the prejudice and hatred and build a family. Michael Freed-Thall offers a moving story about human persistence and hope despite brutality, and about the power of storytelling to fight injustice. Horodno Burning is both timeless and timely."

-Ellen Meeropol, author of Her Sister's Tattoo

"What a tremendous book! The prose is brilliant and tender in this absorbing debut novel. The struggles of Estes and Bernard as wife and husband and as young parents during a time of massive cultural change is universal in its themes. Yet Horodno Burning is an invitation into a particular place and time, placing the reader in the heart of a community on the cusp of a great migration. Epic in scope, intimate in detail, Horodno Burning is historical fiction at its finest. I was so very moved and astonished by this story."

-Julie Christine Johnson, author of The Crows of Beara and In Another Life