What Others are Saying about From Silt and Ashes:
From Silt and Ashes tells the story of many journeys: from Moldavia to Kansas City, from England to America, from violence to healing, from isolation to love. Most of all, it helps us see with the eyes of the heart, and tells us that if we see with physical eyes, but lack compassion, we are blind.
Juniper Ellis, author of House of Seven Days
In From Silt and Ashes, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields introduces the reader to unique and intensely-drawn characters who bring the story of Jewish persecution in Czarist Russia into stark realization. In scene after dramatic scene, the writer delves deeply into the lives of people who died in or survived the pogroms and the immigrants who, fleeing to the safety of America, discover daily that their new freedoms are shadowed by the pain of their past.
Wisoff-Fields gives the reader the sense of being there in the room with Havah and her family, sharing their pain and joy, learning from their harrowing experiences, celebrating their survival.
Every joy and sorrow detailed in this rich family saga leads the reader to the discovery that all humans love and suffer in the same way. From death and grief we make life.
Ginny Fite, author of Cromwell’s Folly
I found From Silt and Ashes immensely readable, enjoyable, and informative without being didactic. It describes the complicated Jewish family life and culture circa 1905, both in Tsarist Russia, representing fear and oppression, and the United States, representing freedom and hope. It shows how the transition to America, still not altogether welcoming to non-Anglo Saxon peoples and cultures, presented challenges as well as opportunities to those of the Jewish faith wishing to retain their cultural identity. Above all, it is an engrossing family saga. I can recommend it unreservedly to any fan of historical fiction.
Jack Martin, author of John Brown’s Body
In From Silt and Ashes Rochelle Wisoff-Fields has hit the essence of literary fiction: a character-driven novel that mines the human condition, but never at the expense of a good story and plot. In this sequel to Please Say Kaddish for Me, she weaves together and resolves the stories of an ensemble cast. Poignant, informative, and engaging.
L.D. Whitaker, author of Geese to a Poor Market
Wisoff-Fields has done it again! She has written compelling story, continuing the saga of Havah Cohen and her family and friends into the twentieth century—coming to America, leaving family and friends behind. The lives and struggles of multiple, in depth characters on different continents intertwine as a strong thread of prejudice and violence evolves. From Silt and Ashes is a well plotted book that will keep you intrigued until the very end.
Diane Yates, author of Pathways of the Heart and All That Matters
Set against the violent backdrop of the Russian pogroms, From Silt and Ashes is full of life, death and, most importantly, love. The host of fascinating characters and the stories of their lives drew me in and kept me hoping and despairing for them right until the very end.
Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days