Review & Giveaway: Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer

Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer

Publication Date: October 7, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 270 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Meira Sokolow had the misfortune of being born to Jewish parents in Warsaw, Poland, in 1912. Before she took her first breath, her fate had been sealed.

Residing in the Jewish Quarter of the city, Meira’s early life was typical. She fell in love with a local boy, got married, and had a daughter. Then the German army marched into Warsaw and everything changed. Forced into the ghetto with her family, she found survival to be a daily struggle. Hunger, disease, and unimaginable cruelty were her stark realities. When the ghetto was purged and she was sent to a concentration camp, Meira still had her family, and that was all that mattered. Then the camp was liquidated, and only a handful of survivors remained out of thousands. Meira Sokolow was one of them.

No longer a wife or mother, Meira emigrated to New York City. After World War II, the world wanted to move on and start a new chapter, but Meira couldn’t turn the page so easily. She walked through her days alone, like a ghost with nothing to tether her to the earth. Then she met Max, a handsome American, who first mistook her for one of the boring socialites he encountered every day. He soon learned she was unlike anyone he had met before, seeing her strength and resilience, even when she couldn’t. Max knew he could breathe life into her again, if only she would let him.

Tragic and heartfelt, Where Butterflies Go is based on the harrowing true story of one woman’s survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and her struggle to find meaning in the aftermath.

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Wow, wow, wow! This book was so beautiful, I don't even know how I can write a review worthy of it!

Where Butterflies Go is a stunning and highly emotional read that will grab you from the start and not let go. I read it in one sitting - it's that good!

Based on the life of Author Debra Doxer's grandmother's sister, Where Butterflies Go tells the story of Meira, who is living with her sisters and parents in the Jewish quarter in Warsaw, Poland, at the time when the book begins. The anti-semitism in the country is on the rise and a few years later when she is married and has a young daughter the German army marches into Poland. The Polish government does nothing to help protect them so they are forced to leave their homes and taken by the Nazis to various camps around the country. Meira and her family are taken to a ghetto where Meira works as a seamstress until one day when the Nazis removed everyone from the camp and murdered them. Miraculously, Meira survives and perseveres to eventually make it to America.

"I was the luckiest unlucky person I knew."

"Entire families were eradicated from the face of the earth. Their stories ended abruptly, and the generations meant to follow would never come. It wasn't only the people who were gone-their history was gone too. Heirlooms were stolen. Synagogues were burned down. Traditions were erased."

Once in America, she reunites with her long lost sister though their relationship is strained because of something that happened in their past. Meira forges on though - working as a hairstylist and then seamstress again. When she meets Max a new future is now a possibility, but can she move on with someone new?

This was a seriously amazing read! Yes, it was extremely sad and I swear I went through an entire box of Kleenex but it's so important to me that we hear these stories so that we may bear witness and have the foresight to make sure that something like this never happens again. While there was a lot of loss and horrific things that happened, there is also hope and love. I think the Author's family should be very proud of her loving telling of Meira's story, and I am grateful for having had the chance to read it. I know I will never forget Meira, and Avrom, and especially little Tovah.

About the Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she's walking her Havanese puppy and forcing her daughter to listen to new wave 80s music."

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Where Butterflies Go

1 comment:

  1. I love Bloglovin! I was browsing there now and then this post popped up. This is just my type of read and what a stunning cover. I've also stumbled upon your gorgeous blog now! Whoop whoop!

    Stunning review, I am adding it to my TBR now.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Elza Reads


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