• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 20, 2015)
Profound, honest, and masterfully written—Between Gods forces us to reexamine our beliefs and the extent to which they define us.
Growing up in a tight-knit Christian family, Alison Pick went to church regularly. But as a teenager, she discovered a remarkable family secret: her paternal grandparents fled from the Czech Republic at the start of WWII because they were Jewish. Tragically, other family members who hesitated to emigrate were sent to Auschwitz.
Haunted by the Holocaust, Alison’s grandparents established themselves in their new lives as Christians. Not even Alison’s father knew of his parents’ past until he visited the Jewish cemetery in Prague as an adult. This atmosphere of shame and secrecy haunted Alison’s journey into adulthood.
Drowning in a sense of emptiness, she eventually came to realize that her true path forward lay in reclaiming her history and identity as a Jew, and she began attending conversion classes. But the process was far from easy as old wounds were opened, and all of her relationships were tested.
Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, the publisher Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! I am super excited because today is actually my Friday, tonight a video game I have been waiting for is finally coming out AND most of all I am excited to be sharing this book with you today.
Between Gods is one woman’s memoir about her personal and spiritual journey battling depression and crisis of faith and identity. Alison has been raised in a Christian home but stumbles upon the family secret that they are originally of the Jewish faith and that her ancestors had been killed in Aushwifz. It is almost as if a puzzle piece has clicked into place and she embarks on a journey that changes her forever.
I loved this book. I loved the writing. It is wonderfully expressive with beautiful language and details, almost poetic. I think the reason I love reading Memoirs so much is because this type of writing touches my soul and pick does it so well. There is nothing more interesting to me than a persons struggle with identity and faith and I was drawn into Pick’s story from the get go. Reading this reminds me of the quintessential human dilemma of “where do I come from?”, “where do I belong?” This book was really interesting to me and I read it in a few hours because although the subject matter was heavy it was a really fast read. I felt like I learned a lot in those few hours and it even made me start to explore my own spiritual journey. Books that do that are rare and grand…this is one of those books.
I highly recommend reading this if you are into reading memoirs or reading about spirituality and Judaism. It was very moving. 5 stars from me!
About Alison Pick
Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a “Top 10 of 2010” book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a “Best Book” by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.