The Watchmaker's Daughter by Sonia Taitz
A Memoir

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The Watchmaker's Daughter tells the story of a child of two refugees: a watchmaker who saved lives within Dachau prison, and his wife, a gifted concert pianist about to make her debut when the Nazis seized power. In this memoir, Sonia Taitz is born into a world in which the Holocaust is discussed constantly by her insular concentration camp-surviving parents. This legacy, combined with Sonia's passion and intelligence, leads the author to forge an adventurous life in which she seeks to heal both her parents and herself through travel, achievement, and a daring love affair. Ironically, it is her marriage to a non-Jew that brings her parents the peace and fulfillment they would never have imagined possible. Sonia manages to combine her own independence with a tender dutifulness, honoring her parents' legacy while forging a new family of her own.

 

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Sonia Taitz is the author of In the King's Arms, a novel which was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "beguiling." Vanity Fair essayist and critic Jesse Kornbluth dubbed Sonia Taitz the "the female, Jewish Evelyn Waugh" (surpassing Martin Amis and Philip Roth); ForeWord placed her in "in the province of the best poets, playwrights and novelists." Her previous book, Mothering Heights, garnered Sonia Taitz praise as "an incisive, funny writer"(People) who is both "wise and witty" (Publishers' Weekly); Mothering Heights was cited in O: The Oprah Magazine as "one of the best things ever written by famous writers on motherhood" (May, 2011).The Watchmaker's Daughter, a memoir, is the poignant tale of Sonia's binocular life as the American child of European concentration camp survivors. In it, she is adult and child, daughter and mother&mdash but always the inspired interpreter of her special historical legacy. Ms. Taitz earned a J.D. from Yale, and served as a Law Guardian for foster children and an ER advocate for assaulted women. She holds an M.Phil in English from Oxford, and won its Lord Bullock Prize for Writing. Her plays have been seen at the Oxford Playhouse, the National Theatre (in D.C.), New York's Primary Stages, and the Obie Award-winning Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she served as Writer-in-Residence.
 
Published September 24, 2012 by McWitty Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Though the author focuses mostly on her experiences, it is Simon and Gita’s perseverance that truly shines—the former a respected watchmaker who began life anew more than once, the latter a concert-level pianist whose dreams were thwarted by war and who rescued her own mother from the Nazis' infa...

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