Posted by Nat Bernstein
I’ve been haunted by Tommy Wieringa’s These Are the Names since picking up an advance copy last month. The original edition of the Dutch novel deservedly won the 2013 Libris Prize, but before I knew that or anything else about the book the the cover alone instantly captured my attention:
Of course, once I opened its pages I was spellbound by Tommy Wieringa’s masterful (and eerie) storytelling. These Are the Names balances the mundane and the mysterious between two seemingly inharmonious stories — the famine-swept journey of a pack of wanderers trekking thought the Eurasian wilderness and a solitary policeman’s investigation into the death of a rabbi, leaving only one other Jew remaining in their reduced border town — without ever striking a discordant note.
Nat Bernstein is the former Manager of Digital Content & Media, JBC Network Coordinator, and Contributing Editor at the Jewish Book Council and a graduate of Hampshire College.