The Holocaust Kid
Zosha Palovsky was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany but has grown up in New York City, joined a Latina gang, and refused to attend a yeshiva. She’s a rebel—outspoken, sexually liberated, and determined to live her own life, free of her parents’ past. Yet, as daring and defiant as she is, Zosha cannot escape, obsessed with events that took place before her birth. She has dreams of Auschwitz, falls in love with “her own private Nazi,” and has an affair with a kinky Holocaust scholar. Meanwhile, her parents are baffled by the life of their American daughter. With unflinching honesty and wild humor, this collection of autobiographical, linked stories captures what it means to be born in the shadows of death, and to live and love without forgetting.
“Fifteen finely crafted, interconnected stories, loosely based on the life of novelist Pilcer, that cumulatively reflect the tensions haunting the children of Holocaust survivors, . . . Fresh and affecting.”
“Wit and humor interface with stark realities and unanswerable questions... Provocative fiction, not just for the second generation but for all our collective memories.”
“...a life-affirming story told with verve, wit, and the kind of passion that is often missing from contemporary fiction.”
Sonia Pilcer is the author of the novels Teen Angel, Maiden Rites, Little Darlings, and The Last Hotel, as well as several theatrical productions. She teaches at Berkshire Community College and at the Writer’s Voice in New York City.
Hardcover / $23.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-261-0 / 180 pages / Fiction