The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain


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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  264 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Sparkpress

Release date:   August 4, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M because there are references to extra-marital affairs. There is no explicit sex in the book.

Book Description:

the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka
and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a
Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience
the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the
burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former
Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows.
As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts,
and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those
memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could
have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the
impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents
and children in mid-twentieth-century America.

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Meet the Author:

Ain’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New
York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications.
The Takeaway Men is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the
award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and
in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project
Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on
television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud
to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a
school administrator. The Takeaway Men is the
result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a
thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in
the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her
students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also
developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching
the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol,
the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living
Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust
survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and
Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. Meryl holds a BA from
Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an
Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband,
Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ Facebook Twitter ~ Instagram

Guest Post by Meryl Ain

While I pursued a full-time career in education, I always wrote on the side – essays, opinion pieces, and cooking columns. Once I retired, I wrote two non-fiction self-help books, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and its companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. The books helped me overcome the loss of both of my parents and I learned ways to keep their memories alive. Readers tell me it did the same for them. And I am very grateful for that.

I was not much of a novel reader while I was working. I didn’t have that much time to read, and when I did, it was usually a biography, autobiography a memoir or something related to education. Maybe I read two novels a year. But then I decided to join a book club, and the whole world of fiction opened up to me. I found that I enjoyed reading novels and especially, discussing them with other women. It was very satisfying. Soon, I began to seek out book recommendations outside of the monthly meetings. I was hooked. I loved thinking about and discussing the characters and the narrative, but still, I never thought I would be able to write a novel.

About the third year into my book clubbing and novel reading, a light bulb went off in my head. I had a story that I wanted to tell about Holocaust survivors and their children living in New York in the ‘50s and ‘60s. But I still knew I didn’t have the tools. So I started reading every book I could find about novel writing. I watched videos. And I took classes. I continued to read novels. I found I was beginning to read critically; I was unpacking how the author put the story together.

After that, I began researching in earnest. What country would my characters come from? I decided on Poland. Where would they live once in the United States? I situated them in the neighborhood in which I grew up in Queens, New York. I talked to friends and family about twists and turns and secret identities. Soon, I started writing. The characters began to lead me. After several edits, it was ready to be published.

I credit my family and friends for their support and inspiration. And I also am so grateful to the book club that motivated me. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be able to meet virtually with book clubs all over the country. On my website, I have a list of questions for discussion.  One of the best parts of being a novelist is to meet with fellow book club members from near and far.

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