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The Emerald Matchbook

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by: Elisse Gabriel
Books with a 5 star rating  (4)
Publication Date: December 14, 2015
Book Size: 6.69" x 9.61"
Pages: 151
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781682731895

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Book Synopsis
A story of courage, serendipity and sacrifice, THE EMERALD MATCHBOOK is the true-life story of Chaya, a Jewish child born just before the German invasion of 1941, who survives against all odds. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, THE EMERALD MATCHBOOK takes young readers on a real-life journey of one of the war’s youngest survivors, one that illustrates the full spectrum of human nature, the true meaning of maternal devotion, and the extraordinary measures taken by the war’s unsung heroes, the “righteous among the nations.”
Customer Comments
Posted: February 11, 2016
Customer comment 5 star rating
This book shows the power of human courage and love in the face of evil. Elisse Gabriel's account of her mother and grandmother's survival of the Holocaust provides a perspective often missing from Holocaust accounts, namely that of parents AND children who survive.
Accolades to the author for producing this book!
Suzanne Phillips
Posted: February 13, 2016
Customer comment 5 star rating

I read this book in one evening - I couldn't put it down. What a truly amazing story. I cried, sometimes sobbed, and was captivated the entire time. The Emerald Matchbook is beautiful and painful, and just made my heart ache. It is a powerful tribute to the author's mother and grandparents. I feel honored to have read it and highly recommend it.
Hitomi Murokami
Posted: February 15, 2016
Customer comment 5 star rating
It is such a remarkable story and a wonderful tribute to the author’s mother's life. Though her story is unquestionably a page turner, I decided to read it a little at a time so it almost felt like her mother herself was telling the story. I especially was drawn to her description of tender moments such as the picnic scene with Gaston (her mother's surrogate father). Her mother was very lucky to survive in history and to have a daughter who could deliver this extraordinary memoir so lovingly.
Neil Feigenbaum
Posted: February 17, 2016
Customer comment 5 star rating
The story seems like a family tale recounted to loved ones as well as a skillful rendering of a distant world and time. The perceptions and emotions of the main characters are handled with real comfort and vibrancy. The book somehow feels historical, personal, immediate and urgent all at once -- no easy feat, I would imagine. What an enduring treasure this will be for anyone who's lucky enough to read it.
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