House on Endless Waters A Novel Author:Emuna Elon For fans of The Invisible Bridge and The History of Love, a lyrical and exquisitely moving novel about a writer who embarks on a transformative journey in Amsterdam, where he discovers the shocking truth about his mother?s wartime experience?unearthing a remarkable story that becomes the subject of his magnum opus. — At the behest of his agent, r... more »enowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel?s older sister, Nettie?and an infant he doesn?t recognize.
This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam?s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger?but at a cost. The deeper into the past Yoel digs, the better he understands his mother?s silence, and the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime?Who am I??becomes. Evocative, insightful, and deeply resonant, House on Endless Waters beautifully illustrates the complex nature of identity and belonging, and the inextricability of past and present.« less
House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon is based on the history on Jewish children and families in Amsterdam during World War II. To honor the history, I wanted to love the book. Unfortunately, for me, the way in which the story is told got in the way of the story itself. The book felt like it tried too hard and felt like a literary exercise more so than a story.
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