…Wachtel lays bare an incredible resilience and desire to live that will inspire readers and keep them turning the page. Magnificent.
―Rachel Barenbaum, author of A Bend in the Stars and Atomic Anna
…An enchanting, lively, and heartbreaking novel―all at once… Wachtel delivers a most worthy debut.
―Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible
This is a story about immigration, adaptation to new cultures, and, for Esther, a chance to grapple with the traditional roles that women play. The house itself is an important part of the story … a solid choice for book clubs.
A vibrant family saga…A CASTLE IN BROOKLYN is an impressive debut novel that illustrates the many ways that the Holocaust continues to impact contemporary Jewish life; a deeply felt hatred of fascism gives the novel its heft and lasting relevance.
Shirley Russak Wachtel is an educator, novelist, and author of several children’s books. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals. She earned a Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, and in 2017 she received the Middlesex County College Scholar of the Year Award.
Acclaimed by educators and readers alike, these books feature compelling human stories with author commentary to deepen readers’ enjoyment.