The Girl Who Counted Numbers

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$19.95  $18.55
Amsterdam Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.65 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author
Roslyn Bernstein has been a storyteller all her life, sometimes working for a true account in the narrow sense as a journalist when it's reporting or history, and sometimes in a wider, more resonant sense when composing poetry, short stories, or a novel. As a journalist, she has reported in-depth cultural stories for venues including Guernica, Tablet, Arterritory, and Huffington Post. Sixty of her online pieces were reprinted in an anthology, Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews From Around the Globe. While reporting on all forms of art and architecture, documentary photography has been a major subject of Bernstein's writing and teaching since the 1970s.She is the author of a collection of linked fictional tales, Boardwalk Stories, set in a seaside community during the 1950s, and the co-author with Shael Shapiro of Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, which focuses on one building to tell the story of SoHo's transformation from a manufacturing district to a live-work arts community. For most of her career, she taught journalism and creative writing at Baruch College, CUNY where she was the founding director of The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. The Girl Who Counted Numbers was inspired by the seven months that Roslyn Bernstein spent in Jerusalem in 1961. She has tried to be attentive to historical details although the story of Susan Reich, her family, and friends is fictional.

"This compelling, character-driven story will captivate even those with limited knowledge of Jewish history, the Nazis, or Eichmann and teach valuable lessons along the way. An engrossing mystery wrapped in a coming-of-age story and the heart-rending legacy of the Holocaust."

- Kirkus Review

"Buckle up for an unforgettable journey as Roslyn Bernstein's The Girl Who Counted Numbers plunges her intrepid heroine into the secrets of her uncle's wartime past. Against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial in Israel, one woman's quest evolves from finding a missing person to confronting her own identity, forged from the ashes of the Holocaust and the conflicts of politics and prejudice. A thrilling detective story, a moving love story, a timeless encounter with history."

-Ann Kirschner, Author, Sala's Gifts

"All families must deal with the past in order to move forward, but for some families that is harder than for others. Roslyn Bernstein's beautiful new novel chronicles one family's difficult quest for peace. Moving, nuanced and inspiring, this gripping book rings achingly true."

-Gish Jen, Author, Thank You, Mr. Nixon

"This is the deeply researched story of a quest for a homeland that rings of justice and longing. Roslyn Bernstein deals with how we remember, and how we confront our morally complicated histories A wonderful book for our times."

-Colum McCann, Author, Apeirogon