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Recommended Reading: Season of Iron by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

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Recommended Reading: Season of Iron by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Dundurn Press, 2006

From the catalogue:
The newest Dr. Rebecca Temple book is set alternately in 1979 Toronto and 1930s Berlin. In Toronto, Rebecca follows a trail that begins when Birdie, the schizophrenic homeless woman she is trying to help, is killed. From the German fencing instructor in whose backyard Birdie lived to the Egyptian physician in town to talk up the new drug he is developing from snake venom, nobody is who they appear to be. Strangely, the two men seem to know each other, although neither will say how.

Alternating chapters follow a Jewish family, the Eisenbaums, during the Nazi rise to power and the gradual stripping away of the rights of Jews in Germany. The youngest child, Frederika, becomes a doctor against all odds. But as the Nazi grip tightens, she loses the right to practice and is finally sent to a concentration camp. Rebecca‘s and Frederika‘s stories connect in the startling conclusion.

About the author:
Sylvia Maultash Warsh was born in Germany to parents who survived the Holocaust. She grew up in Toronto, where she teaches writing to seniors. Her first novel To Die in Spring, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Find Me Again won the Edgar Award.

Read more about Season of Iron at the Dundurn Press website.