Where do you turn when love turns to hurt, when loss turns to fury?
Impetuous is not a word you’d use to describe Claire Bramany. She’s capable, reliable and steady. But when a sudden accident in Brooklyn in 1995 takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman, Claire’s world implodes. And worse is soon to come: while cleaning out Jessie’s desk, Claire finds hidden journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie’s western girlhood.
Jessie’s account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful, at first. Jessie’s days are peopled with quirky characters–especially Uncle Jimmy, an honest-to-goodness teenage hero just back from war-torn Europe. He’s Jessie’s favorite, until the afternoon he makes his move on his nine-year-old niece.
No secrets. Secrets kill. This was the promise Claire and Jessie had made to each other. But in twenty-three years together with Jessie, Claire never heard of any Uncle Jimmy, much less any sexual violation. Shattered, yearning to reconnect with the Jessie she thought she knew, Claire heads out to Oklahoma to find this man. Is the story in the journals true? If so, has Claire any other course than to avenge Jimmy’s hideous crimes…?
Praise for Even You
Even You is a profound work of literature….a gripping read from beginning to end.” –Manhattan Book Review
“An inherently riveting read from beginning to end…Marilyn Oser [is] a particularly gifted novelist. Solidly entertaining from first page to last.” –Midwest Book Review
“You will stay riveted ’til you know how this turns out.” -AuthorsReading.com
“Oser has a painterly way with words, and captures the complexities of her characters.” -NetGalley
“Poignantly written and a delight to read.” -author Kristina Aziz
Russia, 1914. Rivka, daughter of a prosperous boot maker, seems destined by tradition for marriage and the humdrum rounds of shtetl life. Then war breaks out, and things go badly for the tsar’s army. When demoralized troops begin deserting their posts in the trenches, one unlikely officer recruits a battalion of girls to set an example for the men. Rivka seizes upon this chance for adventure as her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something great in the world. She signs on, never suspecting the terrors that await her, or the trials that will test her, or the mishaps that will take her from the frozen steppes of Siberia to the hot, dusty hills of Palestine. Based on actual events Rivka’s War is a riveting tale of loss and survival. In vivid detail, it portrays the impact of the Great War on Jewish life, re-creating a vanished world.
Praise for Rivka’s War
“Rivka…is a compelling heroine, representing both the Jewish diaspora and the precarious politics of the time.” –Publishers Weekly
“Rivka’s War is a must-read.” -Baltimore Jewish Times
“A figure steps forward from history and shows herself to be a strong and courageous character. In Rivka’s War, Marilyn Oser gives us a hero to cheer. A thoughtful and inspiring novel.” -Susan Isaacs
“Steeped in historical fact, with a healthy dose of adventure.” -Joanne Harvey, Kiwi Book Advisor
“Outstanding…Five stars.” -Fran Lewis, Just Reviews
“Will interest Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike.”
-Historical Novel Society
“Well written and fast paced.” -Library Thing