About the Book
Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer
Publication Date: October 7, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 270 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Meira Sokolow had the misfortune of being born to Jewish parents in Warsaw, Poland, in 1912. Before she took her first breath, her fate had been sealed.
Residing in the Jewish Quarter of the city, Meiraís early life was typical. She fell in love with a local boy, got married, and had a daughter. Then the German army marched into Warsaw and everything changed. Forced into the ghetto with her family, she found survival to be a daily struggle. Hunger, disease, and unimaginable cruelty were her stark realities. When the ghetto was purged and she was sent to a concentration camp, Meira still had her family, and that was all that mattered. Then the camp was liquidated, and only a handful of survivors remained out of thousands. Meira Sokolow was one of them.
No longer a wife or mother, Meira emigrated to New York City. After World War II, the world wanted to move on and start a new chapter, but Meira couldnít turn the page so easily. She walked through her days alone, like a ghost with nothing to tether her to the earth. Then she met Max, a handsome American, who first mistook her for one of the boring socialites he encountered every day. He soon learned she was unlike anyone he had met before, seeing her strength and resilience, even when she couldnít. Max knew he could breathe life into her again, if only she would let him.
Tragic and heartfelt, Where Butterflies Go is based on the harrowing true story of one womanís survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and her struggle to find meaning in the aftermath.
Well this book is an emotional rollercoaster! And yet it was so beautifully written given the horrors found within. But it takes a special skill to write a poignant story like this on such a terrifying and horrific topic. And what makes this story that much more impactful is the fact that it is based off of the authors great aunt’s personal experiences.
This book is one of those books that you won’t be able to look away from. The pages will capture you and force you to sit down and finish it. And what sets this book apart from many Holocaust stories is that it takes you on a journey before the war, through the war and atrocities, and then afterwards learning how to become a human again. And perhaps the most poignant part of this this book is the emotion behind everything.
There are always a lot of stories about the Holocaust, but each and every single one of them is so important. They each give us a different glimpse at the evil humans possess as well as the endurance of humanity. And Where Butterflies Go is a beautifully devastating addition to these stories.
About the Author
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she’s walking her Havanese puppy and forcing her daughter to listen to new wave 80s music.”
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