PLEASE SAY KADDISH FOR ME
Genre: Historical Fiction
Represented by Jeanie Loiacono owner of Loiacono Literary Agency
Published by W&B Publishers - May 2015
In a story that unfolds against a backdrop of violence and political unrest, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen loses her entire family in a brutal pogrom. She escapes barefoot, clad only in a nightgown and after running through the woods all night, collapses on the steps of the synagogue in the village of Svechka.
Taken in and adopted by the Levine family, her beauty and intellect capture the attention of the rabbi’s son, Arel, who is betrothed to Havah’s adopted sister. Although he falls in love with Havah, Arel refuses to break his marriage contract. Heartbroken, Havah leaves for Kishinev to live with another family.
Ulrich Dietrich, a wealthy German musician and lonely widower, employs Havah as his housekeeper but soon sees her as much more than hired help. All the while, the growing anti-Semitism of 1903 Moldova threatens Havah’s search for true love and a safe place to call home.
Please Say Kaddish for Me is the first of a series that follows Havah, her family and her friends in their separate journeys. The sequel, From Silt and Ashes that picks up a few months after the end of the first, is also Published by W&B Publishers. The third, titled with the working title, As One Must, One Can, is currently a work in progress.
These stories are fueled by my passion for my roots as the granddaughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants and the desire to impart a pre-Nazi history that’s seldom told.