Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth

  • Pages:158
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:short stories, immigrant families, family grief, Holocaust true story, Holocaust survivors
  • Available:10/01/2008

In Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, author Gina Roitman has captured her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in the character of Leah Smilovitz. Leah lives in a world trapped between two solitudes. An outsider, she belongs neither to her parents’ painful generation nor to her own, freshly minted in the freedoms and contradictions of Montréal in the 1950s and 60s.

Growing up in a community of immigrants forever bound to the past, Leah tests the boundaries of her independence. This poignant and often funny collection of linked stories takes us through her rebellions, loves found and lost, and the pain of being helpless in the face of irreparable circumstances. Coming of age in a generation looking for its own identity, Leah struggles against old world fears and taboos to move into a more hopeful future.

Roitman’s most captivating chapters deal with Leah’s parents, the legacy of their Holocaust experiences, and how they impact the life of their Canadian daughter.
– Jewish Book World