Interesting afternoon at North Carolina’s Camden County Library discussing A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other! Thank you to both the Camden Book Lovers and the Wine, Women and Books book clubs for organizing – and to the library staff for opening up the program to the public. Hope we can meet again at your wonderful facility and do a program on One More Moon!
A heartfelt thank you to the Breakfast Book Club in Port Orange, Florida. I was thrilled that you selected A Smile in One Eye as this month’s book and enjoyed being part of your discussion via Skype yesterday!
“These were difficult times. The old order was quickly changing. The Nazis were constantly issuing new orders to diminish the role of German Jews in daily German life. It was a slow, grinding process. Each day, there was something new we were forced to swallow. Like many, Father still hoped and believed that our normal life would return. Governments had failed in the past in Germany. This government could fail too. Even though we did not understand, we were still patriotic. I know I repeat myself. Jewish ancestry may have been in his blood, but more than anything else, Father was a proud German.”
Excerpt from A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other
“Life does find a way to create a balance somewhere between smiles and tears. And, like a pendulum’s swing, life seldom stays in one place. Life keeps on moving until, one day, it stops.”— Ralph Webster
A heartfelt THANK YOU to the Wine, Women, and Words Book Club for selecting A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other as your book this month and inviting me to be part of this week’s meeting. Great exchange of thoughts and opinions – wonderful discussion.
Available next month!This is the true story of a prosperous, proud, and patriotic German family living in a small town in East Prussia. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church, suddenly they were told they were Jewish, a distinction that made a life threatening difference. It was no longer a matter of faith or religion; their lives were to be defined by race. It was a matter of bloodlines. And, in Nazi Germany, they had the wrong blood.