Eva Zimmermann is eight years old, and she has just discovered she is Jewish. Such is the life of an only child living in postwar Bucharest, a city that is changing in ever more frightening ways. Eva's family, full of eccentric and opinionated adults, will do absolutely anything to keep her safe--even if it means hiding her identity from her. With razor-sharp depictions of her animated relatives, Haya Leah Molnar's memoir of her childhood captures with touching precocity the very adult realities of living behind the iron curtain.
Under a Red Sky is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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In the unsentimental, present-tense narrative voice of her childhood self, Molnar chronicles both her family's experience in rampantly anti-Semitic Communist Romania following WWII, and her personal awakening to her Jewish identity: “All I know is that yesterday I wasn't Jewish and today I am.” T...Mar 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a ...
(When she tells her best friend, Andrei, he is disbelieving: Where are the horns on her scalp?) By Haya Leah Molnar Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 302 pages, $17.99 "Under a Red Sky" is full of odd, vivid details from a time and place in Europe that seldom ...Apr 17 2010 | Read Full Review of Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a ...
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