The Spiral Shell: A French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II

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Schaffner Press
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5.3 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Author Sandell Morse is a non-fiction writer whose works have appeared in several major literary magazines, including, Ascent, Ploughshares, and Solstice. She has received Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2013, and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
"The Spiral Shell depicts two vivid journeys, one inward, as Sandell Morse explores her own identity as a Jew and one outward, as she pieces together the history of French Jews under the Vichy government. Each journey is fraught with reversals, full of unexpected details and betrayals at many levels... This is a necessary, illuminating and beautifully intelligent memoir."
- MARGOT LIVESEY, Author of Mercury and The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing
"The Spiral Shell is an evocative, probing, heartfelt memoir, as rich in character and detail as the best fiction. injunction There are all kinds of reckonings here: personal, historical, spiritual. There is a vivid present as well as a vividly imagined past, a voice that is at turns charming, grieving, outraged and wry. Sandell Morse illuminates with wisdom and grace Eli Wiesel's timeless that, "For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.""
- ALICE MCDERMOTT, Author of Charming Billy and The Bigamist's Daughter
"It was a pleasure to read Sandell Morse's debut memoir...a sort of family detective story so many of us know...that provides much more than just answers. Elegant, erudite, passionate."
--ALEXANDER CHEE, author of How to Write and Autobiographical Novel