Come Back For Me
By Sharon Green – Hart
12 September 2022
On Monday 12 September, 8.00pm, via Zoom, Yad Vashem UK held their Book Club event which was facilitated by author Sharon Green – Hart who discussed her book Come Back For Me.
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“Evocative and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Come Back for Me is a must read for anyone with a moral conscience and a soul.” — Leah Kaminsky, winner of the Voss Literary Prize for her debut novel, The Waiting Room
In Come Back for Me, Hart-Green explores the trauma and loss of one extended family as it clashes with life’s insistence upon being lived. Heartfelt and rich in detail, the story [is] unflinching in its portrayal of devastation and renewal…an impressive, ambitious, and highly readable debut.
— Joseph Skibell, author of A Blessing on the Moon and A Curable Romantic
This wonderful debut novel, with great sensitivity and tenderness, captures the emotional contours of loss and renewal that haunt the post-Holocaust universe. And even with all the grief that comes from such tales of lives ruptured and recaptured, Hart-Green’s novel is a joy to read.
— Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible.
Come Back For Me is both the lovely coming of age story of a young woman in 1960’s Toronto and a darkly shadowed tale of a scarred Jewish family that wends its way from the Nazi occupation of Hungary through Mandate Palestine, England and Israel. Beyond its riveting plot it is a novel about the loss and recovery of love. Sharon Hart-Green writes with great generosity of heart and a searing sense of what it means to be buffeted by history.
—Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair, 2004 runner up for the National Jewish Book Award
About the Author
Sharon Hart-Green is a Canadian writer whose debut novel Come Back for Me (University of Toronto Press) is a gripping story of trauma, loss, and the redemptive power of love. Come Back for Me was awarded The Firebird Award for Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for the Goethe Fiction Award. It was also chosen as an Editors’ Choice Book by the Historical Novel Society. The author holds a Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and has served as an Associate Professor of Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the University of Toronto. She has published two previous non-fiction books, as well as short stories, translations, and book reviews. She is also a popular speaker who has delivered talks throughout Canada, the United States, Great Britain, and Israel.