Miriam Bradman Abrahams, mom, grandmom, avid reader, sometime writer, born in Havana, raised in Brooklyn, residing in Long Beach on Long Island. Longtime former One Region One Book chair and JBC liaison for Nassau Hadassah, currently presenting Incident at San Miguel with author AJ Sidransky who wrote the historical fiction based on her Cuban Jewish refugee family’s experiences during the revolution. Fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, certified hatha yoga instructor.
Five Amber Beads
Five Amber Beads alternates chapters to tell two interesting stories, both of which deal with memory. Charley Bernstein, an Englishman, meets and befriends an elderly man, Christopher, who has total amnesia. Charley has inherited his uncle’s diary, written during his time in a labor camp during the Third Reich. His interest in researching his past by meeting up with an old family connection in Israel who can tell him more about the diary parallels his work as an art historian researching the provenance of a certain Modigliani painting that is up for sale. He takes Christopher along with him to England and Israel in the hope of triggering Christopher’s memory, so that he can regain his own past. Aronowitz’s style is descriptive and haunting, and though Five Amber Beads is a quick read, it does not have a neat ending. This novel is based on an actual diary and the author’s real desire to discover the truth of his past, which was kept from him by his mother.
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