Book Review: In First Person by Lucy Paz

Title: In First Person

Author: Lucy Paz

Genre: Historical, Autobiography

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Alice is thrilled with her new baby, but then war looms on the horizon

Since her baby was born Alice was in a permanent state of euphoria.She could spend hours cuddling her, feeding, doing everything possible just to touch her. But then black clouds gathered on the horizonas war loomed ahead.People began to hoard food, military-aged men disappeared from the streets, and long linesformed at stores. It was Alice’s first war in Israel, and the situation was grave.

The personal horror story of Alice’s first war comes back to haunt her

Alice was beside herself; the ground felt unsteady under her feet. Was it possible that what had happened then is going to happen again? Alice was born when World War II was raging. Her father joined the army and never returned. When the Nazis started transporting Jews to ghettos and death camps, her mother wanted to save her. So she gave her away.

Will Alice be mercilessly thrown back into the appalling experiences of her past?

Alice never knew her parents. They are faceless to her; she can’t see or imagine them. Was this war now happening so that Alice would finally be able to feel like her mother when she gave her child away?

During World War II, Alice’s father joined the army and never returned. Her mother gave Alice away in an effort to save her. Never having known their parents except from very vague memories, now Alice has a child of her, that child means the world to her.

When hr husband is called away for the war in Israel, Alice is left alone to take care of her child, and the memories of her childhood come back to haunt her.

In First Person is a book in two parts: one part focuses on the young Alice in her childhood and the struggles during World War II, and the other part focuses on older Alice struggling to take care of her own child during yet another war. This is a powerful story about the scars of the past and how they can haunt a person even years later.

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