[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.

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