“I thought he was the perfect baby,” he says.” My Yona knew better. When he was ready to crawl, she took him to the doctor. ‘Keep the baby in bed,’ he ordered, “He has an abnormality in his heart. Make sure he’s as comfortable as possible":
Comment: i am so proud of my brilliant mother! The book signing at Joann's was wonderful!
Comment: Thanks for the book signing presentation. You speak with authority and insight on both the historical context of your work and the personal impacts these historical events have on the lives of Israelis. The book is sure to be a success as it combines great writing, storytelling, and relevant historical events which resonate with the reader. Thanks for a great evening.
Dear Batya, It was a pleasure to be at your book signing. Your writing is superb, and I am finding the layers of the story so interesting. I also like your use to Biblical passages, and old Hebrew songs, which bind the story to so many generations. I will buy it as gifts for friends. Love, Marcie
ISRAELA is a powerful epic that spans several generations, and
encompasses two territories that have more history than the rest of
the world combined. Reading this novel, I was hauled into the homes of
strangers, and I’ve emerged with friends I’ll never meet. I feel I
know what it is like to live a lie for the sake of love.
The story is exquisitely written with eloquence, deep feeling, sound
intelligence, and the soul of a poet. It is told from myriad vantage
points, allowing the reader to get right into the heart of each
character. The dialog is natural and plentiful, the descriptions
precise and vivid. The tale itself is as original as every human
The timing reminds us that history is not linear, nor are families
structured the way society instructs us. In Casper’s remarkable tale,
the layers of experience, passion, history, politics, secrets, and
deceit, weave a pattern that is gorgeous, timeless, and meaningful.
Reaction to Israela. Hi Batya, I am so in love with your book. I read it with my heart and not just my eyes and mind. It should be a movie. I’m about ¾ of the way through but find myself reading until 2 a.m. and force myself to stop b/c we nee
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Author Batya Casper.