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Fiction Suspense

Don't Ask

by (author) Gina Roitman

Publisher
Guernica Editions
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Category
Suspense, Literary, Own Voices
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771837118
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $25.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771837125
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $11.95

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Posing the question: who packed the baggage we carry from birth?

Don’t Ask poses the question: who packed the suitcase we carry from birth? In this literary thriller, a woman agonizes over her mother’s suicide and is thrown into turmoil over her attraction to a German. Hannah Baran is 45, a successful Montreal real estate broker with a highly lucrative client who, like her parents, is a Holocaust survivor. Born in a German DP camp, she is the only child of Rokhl and the late Barak. One day, she arrives to take her mother to the doctor’s but Rokhl is gone, leaving behind a mystifying note that reads: I am not her. Throughout Hannah’s life, Rokhl’s notes have been all the guidance she received from a laconic, distant mother, a foil to Hannah’s voluble father who rescued Rokhl from Auschwitz. When Hannah announces that she must travel to Germany on business, Rokhl threatens that should Hannah ‘go to that land of murderers,’ it would be over her dead body. Three days later, Hannah locates her missing mother in the morgue. Secreted away in a confessional letter for Hannah to find one day is the story of Rokhl’s life filled with loss, betrayal, and guilt. It is woven into the intrigue of the plot about contested land and a love affair weighted down by the baggage of history.

About the author

Gina Roitman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Passau, Germany in 1948 and lived in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons Camp before emigrating to Canada as a child. An award-winning writer and poet, she is currently completing a film entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me - a documentary about her discovery that the horrific stories she thought were told to terrify her as a child were actually true. She supports her passion for traveling by working as a communication consultant for clients in the travel and tourism industry, and as Travel Media Consultant for VIA Rail. She lives in Montreal.

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