[Book Review] The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice by Deborah Vadas Levison

By Deborah Vadas Levison

A grisly discovery under her family’s Toronto cottage suddenly brings back author, Deborah Vadas Levison’s parents’, long set-aside memories of the horrors of the Shoah. As renovations are being completed on her family’s idyllic get-away spot, a crate containing human remains is found under the cottage. Vadas Levison’s memoir explores trauma and survivor’s guilt as she recounts the atrocity faced by her parents in the Holocaust and the present day shattering of their new-found peace.

Vadas Levison recounts her family story in remarkable detail as she explores her parents’ story of survival as well as the crime involving their family cottage. I found her own search for a Jewish identity very relatable. The parallel between her desire to shelter her children, especially the youngest, from the discovery of the body at their family cabin and her own parents’ desire to shelter her, as a child, from their experiences in the Shoah was interesting. The book is very well-written. As more and more survivors are lost, the preservation and retelling of their stories becomes all the more essential. So the world never forgets.

This was a compelling story. I would like to thank the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I look forward to reading more from her.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About This Author

Debbie’s life has two parts: the first in Canada, where she attended the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, and the second in Connecticut, where she shares a home with three children, two doodles, and one husband.

She’s an award-winning writer, published in national and international media. Her first book, THE CRATE, won seven literary awards and has been called “gorgeous and poetic,” “heart wrenching,” and “a brilliant story.” Since its release she has done over one hundred author talks, from Canada to Florida. She loves connecting with audiences to tell stories.

Her love of storytelling began one summer night by a camp bonfire, listening to a counselor tell a ghost story: The Monkey’s Paw. The memory still makes her shiver.

Visit her at www.debbielevison.com.

Submit Your Book

Do you have a book in new of review? Would you like to be interviewed about your latest project? I’d like to work with you! Please visit my Contact Me page to complete the form with your details.

This page contains affiliate links. This means for any purchase made, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

Join Our Email List

As a thank you, you’ll receive free printable reading journal templates and a bonus 100 book reading list!

Past Book Reviews:

[Book Review] The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross

By Max Gross Imagine, if you will, a village so remote that time has seemingly passed it by. In his book, The Lost Shtetl, Max Gross transports us to a village, home to an Orthodox Jewish community, in a remote part of Poland that has been untouched by history. That is until a young woman, […]

[Book Review] Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild by Adrienne Ross Scanlan

By Adrienne Ross Scanlan Tikkum Olam is a Hebrew phrase translated to ‘repair of the world’. Adrienne Ross Scanlan embodies this Jewish call to action when she moved across the country and immerses herself in repairing spawning habitat for salmon. In Turning Homeward, Ross weaves memoir with a discussion of environmental issues and Jewish thought […]

[ARC Review] Forgiving Stephen Redmond by A.J. Sidransky

By A.J. Sidransky It’s a hot August day in New York when Detectives Tolya Kurchenko and Pete Gonzalvez are called to a Manhattan demolition site to investigate a strange discovery. Inside a wall on the third floor of a building, the construction crew has discovered a murder victim, fully dressed in a suit and hat. […]


Advertisements

Add to Your Reading List:

October Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

November Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

December 2020 Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

Join Our Email List

As a thank you, you’ll receive free printable reading journal templates and a bonus 100 book reading list!

More From the Blog

[Book Review] Devil’s Ivy by Gal Rodnitsky
Click the image to find it on Amazon By Gal Rodnitsky Devil's Ivy focuses on a middle-aged Israeli, Amy, who is seeking a new direction in her life after suffering a break-up. She decides to seek guidance in a therapy group led by Yigal. Amy encounters five other participants trying to find their way back …
Books On My Reading List This Week
Read Along with Me Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope you will be enjoying a return to in-person gatherings with family and friends to start off the holiday season. I am looking forward to enjoying four books this week: one hardcover and three audio books. The hardcover was on a previous reading list a couple of …
Now Accepting Short Story Submissions
Attention writers! We are accepting open short story and poetry submissions centered around the theme of: Miracles Entries must be received by midnight Monday, November 29th. Selected stories will be featured during the month of December. Read on for further guidelines. Guidelines Stories are to be 1,500 to 3,000 words. Poems are to be 100 …
A Reading List for Jewish Conversion
The Choice to Convert The choice to convert to Judaism is a deeply personal one. Whether you're exploring this path because of a personal calling or a desire to share a faith with someone you love, it is ultimately a path you will walk alone. When I made the decision, myself, three years ago, I …

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.