The Border of Truth by Victoria Redel
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At 41, single professor Sara Leader decides to create a family by adopting a child. After the adoption agency asks for details about her background, Sara reluctantly begins to probe her father’s secret history — in particular, his flight as a 17-year-old Holocaust refugee aboard a ship denied entry into America. The more she learns about her father’s past, the more Sara feels the need to question him about what happened — and the more she realizes how her father’s secrets have shaped her own life. Alternating between a teenage boy’s energetic letters to Eleanor Roosevelt and a daughter’s sifting through the fragments of her father’s traumatic wartime choices, Victoria Redel brilliantly imbues her characters with not only bravery and strength but with the humor to survive the pain of the past and the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

About Victoria Redel

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Victoria Redel is the author of the acclaimed novel Loverboy, as well as a collection of short stories and two books of poetry. She has received a National Endowments for the Arts Fellowship and a Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and teaches writing at both Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Manhattan.
Published March 4, 2008 by Counterpoint. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Richard (born Itzak Lejdel) has successfully repelled his daughter’s attempts to learn more about his passage into the U.S. The reader is in on the secret, though: Sara’s story is interspersed with the letters Itzak wrote to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in September 1940, when he was trapped in U...

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This milestone, coupled with Sara's chance encounter with a woman who knows more about Sara's family history than Sara does, compels Sara to look into her family's hidden past: did Itzak abandon a sickly mother to pursue his own freedom, and what was the fa...

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