I’ve chosen to read Anita Diamant’s Day After Night. I had been putting off reading this one because word on the street is that it doesn’t live up to the author’s other novel, The Red Tent.
Fortunately, although I read The Red Tent on my mom’s recommendation, that was years ago and I have book amnesia. I hardly remember it at all. Normally this would be upsetting, but in this case I think it’s a plus. Now I can go into Day After Night with a clean slate. It is described as such:
Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for “illegal” immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp who survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to hope, the four of them find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.
Now let’s see how this goes…