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Joan Dempsey has written a masterpiece right out of the gate. Not counting the storyline, her research about the effects of the Holocaust in Warsaw, her physical descriptions of sections of Warsaw, and her knowledge of Polish art provide a non-fiction backdrop for a modern story. It’s the conflict of religions, beliefs, and lifestyles that bring this story home. Three generations of a family are brought together when a grandson is fired from his teaching job and then viciously attacked in his driveway because some disagreed with his lifestyle. Throughout, the author has you believing it is real. She uses details to bring you into the story without slowing it down. This is a literary classic yet it reads smoothly and easily where you don’t want to put it down. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I hope it’s not seven years until her next one is published.