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!
“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
“I can’t recite the chronology or elaborate on the facts. I can’t explain the reasons or defend how we lived our lives. What I can tell you is how the events of 1933 sowed the seeds that fundamentally changed our future, that there was little hand-wringing or emotion, that circumstances were beyond control, that there was no recourse or appeal. I can tell you that events were incremental, that the unbelievable became the believable and, ultimately, the normal.”
“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.
Not a world tour, but a Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other is being noticed worldwide. This week we caught the attention of readers in India. Thank you Sreesha Divakaran and your book blog, Rain and a Book for spotlighting the book and including a summary and excerpt. Four continents in four weeks – North America, Australia, Europe, and now Asia!
Kate Lyons in the Guardian reports that the six wealthiest countries in the world host less than 9% of the world’s refugees. There is no question that this is a complicated issue for any number of reasons. I’m not about to argue who is right and who is wrong….but the question remains, what should we do? All nations must protect themselves and care for their own citizens. All the world’s people deserve the right to freedom, security, opportunity, and dignity. We must find a way to bridge the divide. History keeps on repeating.
So excited! I am pleased to announce that the Kindle version of “A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other” has been released. Softcover and ebook versions are now available worldwide. Reviews are being posted on Amazon and Goodreads. I am grateful to the critics – kind and gentle so far! Here is the link for more information.