[Book Review] Escape Route by Elan Barnehama

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By Elan Barnehama

Escape Route, set is 1960s New York, opens with Zach’s Bar Mitzvah. As the Vietnam War reaches it’s peak, Zach becomes fixated with the war. As the son of first generation Holocaust survivors, Zach is fearful of history repeating itself and his family being rounded up. So, with the help of his friend, Samm, he crafts a plan to allow his family to escape.

Barnehama sets a coming of age story against a tumultuous backdrop of war and the civil rights movement while exploring the generational trauma of the Shoah. All wrapped up in a witty protagonist who has just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. Zach embodies Tikun Olam, a concept in the Jewish faith, seeking to repair the world.

This is an emotional story of friendship and hope.

Escape Route is currently available for pre-order and scheduled for release on May 4, 2022. I’d like to thank the author for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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