Under a Red Sky by Haya Leah Molnar
Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania

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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.


About Haya Leah Molnar

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Born in Bucharest, Romania, Haya Leah Molnar's Jewish identity was hidden from her in order to protect her against anti-Semitism. When she was ten, she and her family escaped the Communist regime and emigrated to Israel, and later to the US. A former copywriter and creative director in advertising, she now writes full time in New York City. In addition to having an eclectic taste for reading other authors, she loves designing her own line of jewelry, gardening, traveling, and kayaking. This is her first book.
Published March 30, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 332 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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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...

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(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 ...

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