This book is a fascinating fictional account of the cultural and political events of the year 1939, told in 12 chapters, month by month. The rise of Hitler is followed closely in reports by a fictional war correspondent while entertainment news is tracked by another reporter. We learn about the public and behind-the-scenes details of the 1939 World’s Fair. The story progresses through the lives of a cast of characters in New York and Hollywood, including a director, actors, musicians, dancers, poets, an architect, and a patron of the arts who is also an arms merchant. Everyone is affected by the impending war, but some ignore it while others wish to take action. The family of one character is unable to get out of Europe and there is a pall of doom over the future. An innovative novel for teens and adults.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-raised, Long Island-residing mom. She is Hadassah Nassau’s One Region One Book chairlady, a freelance essayist, and a certified yoga instructor who has loved reviewing books for the JBC for the past ten years.