From Sand and Ashblew me away. You know when you pick up a book and after you read a few pages you can tell that it’s going to be an epic read?! That was this book for me.
When asked by friends and family what this book is about I tell them it’s a mix of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girland The Bronze Horseman. From Sand and Ash encompasses the struggle of the Jewish people and the Catholic church during WWII in Europe.
“How can you compromise with people who don’t want you to exist? They want us to disappear. I can’t adapt to death.”
From Sand and Ash is an excellent reminder to not try to eliminate people and cultures that are different than what we are. We can’t allow history repeat itself. Okay, sorry, I got off track a little …. enough said on that matter.
I loved both the main characters so much. Ms. Harmon has a way with creating the most memorable characters. The Jewish woman and the Catholic Priest were done magnificently. Each had their own set of flaws that made me endear them more. The struggle between survival and love was something I felt deeply while reading this book.
I read 3/4 in paperback format and listened to the last forth via audio. Once the audio was released I bought it because I want my husband to “read” this book too. I loved both reading it and listening to it. I felt I got to experience the best of both worlds by holding a paperback and actually listening to the words come alive on the pages. You can listen to a sample here – http://amzn.to/2h6v9Qk
I said this after reading Ms. Harmon’s Making Faces and it’s worth repeating here: I, for one, am a better person for reading it.