Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke

Oh this is a beautiful book. I loved Keeping Hannah Waiting. I was completely drawn into the story right from page one. The story is incredibly poignant and so well written. The only thing I found to object to were a few spelling mistakes. Other than that it was an excellent read.

Here is a little about the book from Amazon.com

With her mother's passing Kate McBride discovers a masterpiece in the attic of her childhood home, a never-before-seen Chagall she dubs simply, "Girl with Flowers." When the painting sells at auction for $50 million, Kate decides to explore the world beyond the Brooklyn bake shop where she's worked since high school, beginning with Europe. Soon after she arrives on the Continent, during a chance visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Dachau, Kate stumbles onto a clue about this enchanting portrait. With the help of a Holocaust Survivor she locates back home, Kate travels back in time to learn of the epic romance that inspired this painting. Keeping Hannah Waiting is a story that transcends time, distance, two world wars, and a holocaust. In the end, it is a poignant plea for tolerance, forgiveness of the past, hope for the future, and above all else, for the power of everlasting love.

About the Author (taken from Hologram Publishing website): “I have written novels before, but none have felt so close to my heart, none have felt so clearly what I was born to write, as Keeping Hannah Waiting.” An accomplished, award-winning journalist, Dave Clarke spent nearly a decade drafting Keeping Hannah Waiting.

Born in 1954 in Manhattan to two survivors of the Holocaust, Dave Clarke grew up in New York City and on Long Island. His father, a barber, was rounded up for the ghetto one week after Hitler invaded Poland and spent the next six years in concentration and death camps across Europe. His mother survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen to raise three sons and help run the family business which grew from a one-chair barber shop into a multimillion dollar business empire.

Since the 1970s Clarke has been writing about everything from luxury travel to business and technology for global publications. He lives in San Jose, California with his wife of 32 years with whom he has two amazing daughters.


This incredible story brought tears to my eyes many times. I love how Clarke has woven the storylines of the present day together with the tragedies surrounding WW2. I have always been drawn to stories about Holocaust survivors because I believe it is history we must NOT forget. I loved Clarke's writing style because it was so wonderfully descriptive. The story completely engaged my heart and mind. Clarke created characters that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. I really adored this story.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

You can read the first chapter of Keeping Hannah Waiting HERE.


emoyel said...

I enjoyed this quick read, but I really found the numerous typos and missing words annoying. By the last few chapters I found myself waiting for the next one to appear and sure enough... it did.

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