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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Featured Indie Book: Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny (Pearl Goodman)

Peril (Pearl Goodman)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Non-Fiction Memoir (Holocaust) Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny by Pearl Goodman.

Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny is a unique look at being a child of Holocaust survivors and the lingering impact of that which Ms Goodman describes as a post Holocaust story.

The Book has been published via by Bridgeross Communications, an independent publisher and member of the Independent Publishers Association and is available as eBook and Paperback - 300 pages - released in October 2012.

About the Book

Pearl Goodman presents a first-hand account of life with her parents - two people traumatized by the Holocaust. With no resources to understand how their devastating experiences may have translated into their behaviour and their child-rearing practices, they attempted to rebuild their shattered lives in Canada with a new language and a stone’s throw from the feeling of being unwanted in the Anglo Toronto of the late 50s and 60s.

Ms Goodman chronicles their stories and at the same time tells the story of the impact of their trauma upon her and her brother as she searches for her own identity. The Holocaust is not her experience and yet she embodies a feeling of dread she can’t explain as a child. She juxtaposes this backdrop with a light-hearted look at sibling rivalry, at life in Toronto, at the 60s, and particularly at how she was influenced by the images, ads and characters on American Television while interweaving them with her parents’ harrowing wartime experiences of concentration and refugee camps, and the drama and uncertainty of their postwar emigration first to Israel, and then to Canada.

Peril (Pearl Goodman)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "The book creates an ambience that sits in the memory, long after it has been read and laid aside" - Bookpleasures

- "A thought provoking memoir [...] crafted with sensitivity and style" - Jewish Tribune

- "[...] a powerfully moving book that deals with the lingering intergenerational effects of the horrific history of the holocaust."- Bookpleasures

- "Peril details the culture of the time, and is most affecting when she tells us about her complicated and perilous relationship with her Holocaust survivor mother and father and their harrowing traumatic experiences." - David Schatzky, former host CBC Metro Morning Radio Show, Toronto

- "[...] hours of enjoyable reading." - Mike Filey, Toronto historian writing in the Toronto Sunday Sun, November 25, 2012

About the Author

Featured on Indie Author News: Pearl Goodman
Author Pearl Goodman

Pearl Goodman was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she taught high school English and Dramatic Arts.

Then she chose to train as a psychotherapist and has now been in private practice for the past ten years. Words and the human condition have always been her passions. Peril is her first published work.

Links to the Author and the Book

Link to the Book's Website

Connect with the Publisher on Twitter: @dysdads

Connect with Pearl Goodman via eMail: Perilthebook@gmail.com

Link to the Paperback Peril with Excerpt on Barnes & Noble

Link to the eBook Peril with Excerpt on Amazon

Peril (Pearl Goodman)