Linda Press Wulf’s new book

I have a fascination for what I’ve begun to call “Jewish books”. A new one out recently is The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf. It’s unusual in that it’s not a World War II story and it’s not about Germany.

This book deals with the persecution of Jews in Poland in the early twenties, with flashbacks to the first World War and the years just after. Linda’s story about two orphaned sisters, Devorah and Nechama, tells of their journey from their Polish orphanage to their new homes in South Africa, as well as explaining what happened to their family before they were orphaned.

I find it hard to decide whether this really is a children’s book. It clearly appeals to the adults who have read it, but I would hope children will also read the book and learn from it. With modern hindsight it’s interesting to see South Africa as a haven for poor Europeans, and it’s certainly taught me things.

Can we have too many of this type of story? I’ve seen suggestions that the Jewish market is full and writers should look elsewhere. But we are not tired of love or crime or magic, so the idea that a genre can be too full seems a silly one.

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2 responses to “Linda Press Wulf’s new book

  1. How can there ever be too many good stories – regardless of genre. And even better when they teach something or make us better. I’ll be on the lookout for that one.

  2. Linda Press Wulf

    Dear Annelise, I’m going to try sending this through your website as the email address I have for you doesn’t seem to work. LPW.

    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: “Linda P Wulf”
    > To:
    > Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2007 8:16 PM
    > Subject: The Night of the Burning by Linda Press Wulf (Bloomsbury, May 07)
    >
    >
    > > Dear Ann,
    > >
    > > For some reason, I only clicked on your email today – thanks so much for
    > > writing. I’m delighted you like the book and appreciative of all the
    news
    > > about it. I would love to do a book tour in England and will keep your
    > > local bookstore in mind if I can arrange it.
    > >
    > > Yes, I’m working on a few book projects. Most seriously, I’m about a
    > third
    > > of the way through my first draft of another work of historical fiction,
    > > this time set during the CHILDREN’S Crusade, a barely known but
    > fascinating
    > > crusade in 1212 of thousands of very young people.
    > >
    > > Best wishes to you,
    > > Linda
    > >
    > >
    > > > —– Original Message —–
    > > > From: “Linda P Wulf”
    > > > To: “Wulf, Linda Press”
    > > > Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 2:28 AM
    > > > Subject: Fw: From Website
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > —– Original Message —–
    > > > > From: “Ann Giles”
    > > > > To:
    > > > > Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 3:52 AM
    > > > > Subject: From Website
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Ann Giles wrote:
    > > > > > Dear Linda,
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I read the proof of your book a few months ago and loved it. It’s
    > the
    > > > sort
    > > > > of book that you have to keep reading because you need to find out
    > more.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I write a book blog, mainly about children’s books, and I posted a
    > > short
    > > > > comment on your book recently. There’s also a review in the next
    > > Armadillo
    > > > > Magazine, in June.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Are you writing anything else? I like your style, and I find your
    > > South
    > > > > African background interestingly different (I’m a Swede living in
    > > > England).
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Your book is prominently displayed in my local bookshop, who I
    also
    > > blog
    > > > > for, and if you’re ever in the Manchester area I can recommend
    Simply
    > > > Books,
    > > > > who do great author events.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Best wishes
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Ann
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Website: https://bookwitch.wordpress.com