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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Putnam Pub Group
Publication date September 1, 2000
Pages 377
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780399146596
ISBN-10 0399146598
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Nora, a sturdy Holocaust survivor, arrives in Palestine in 1949 and lands in an 'absorbtion camp' where everyone is in training to become a good Israeli. By the author of The Confession of Jack Straw. 20,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "I smoked my first cigarette when I was six years old.... Now where the hell can I get a cigarette?"

The year is 1949 and Nora, a prickly, strong-willed survivor of the Holocaust, has just walked off the boat in Haifa with her German daughter-in-law, Louisa. Nora expects to be met by her cousin Bela, a Zionist pioneer she has loved since they were children. But Bela fails to appear, and the women enter an absorption camp for immigrants to await an uncertain future. How will they fit into a society that does not believe in looking back? Louisa, the German, proves a genius at self-invention,in many ways the perfect Israeli. Nora, the survivor, continues to search for Bela--who may not want to be found--and responds to her new home with a cranky and ironic distance that rises like a wall of barbed wire. What is she protecting behind that wall? The past, and its secrets.

In Louisa, Simone Zelitch brings to life, with all the authority and inventive power of an old master, a story of hidden passion, broken dreams, and unexpected reconciliation. Stranded in a new land that asks them to look to the future, both women are forced to face the past and the responsibility each bears for what they have lost. Nora knows how to survive. Louisa must teach her how to forgive.

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Hardcover
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from Putnam Pub Group (September 1, 2000)
9780399146596 | details & prices | 377 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Nora, a Holocaust survivor, and her German daughter-in-law arrive in Palestine in 1949 and land in an 'absorbtion camp' where everyone is in training to become a good Israeli.
Paperback
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Reissue edition from Berkley Pub Group (December 1, 2001)
9780425181959 | details & prices | 388 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Nora, a Holocaust survivor, and her German daughter-in-law arrive in Palestine in 1949 and land in an 'absorbtion camp' where everyone is in training to become a good Israeli.

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