Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Review: Under A Red Sky, Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania by Haya Leah Molnar

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Hardcover $12.23
Kindle $9.99

Link for the book @ publisher:
Pubished by Frances Foster Books Farrar Straus Giroux March 30, 2010/Young Adult Non-Fiction/Grades 6-9/320 pages

Author's site:
and her blog:

Eva Zimmerman is living in a small apartment with 7 adult family members in Bucharest, Romania. When the book begins the year is 1957 and she is 6 years old. During this time period Romania is a Communist nation and the memories of World War II are fresh. Until the age of 7 Eva did not know she was Jewish, it comes as a shock to her that she'd not known before. Her family had wanted to protect her from anti-Semitism. Her family members are strongly opinionated and often have loud ugly arguments; Eva's safe place is in a kitchen pantry. The adults quarrel and fight, yet they are loving towards Eva. Eva's grandfather is a loving and gentle man, often sacrificing for the benefit of Eva. The book follows the lives of Eva and her family until 1961. We are told of the family's experiences during the Holocaust, their lives under Communism, Eva's school life, her friends. Eva has an inquisitive and brilliant mind. She often asks questions of her family members that stun them, they are unprepared and uncomfortable in answering. Eva is sensitive to her family members unrest and dislike of each other; yet she knows they love her.

I loved this book!
I have read many books on the Holocaust; but this is the first book on Communism I've read.
The author Haya gives her family members 3 D quality, I love it that she writes of their facial expressions.
Eva is given greater depth by the author, by giving the reader her inner feelings and insecurities. She is a strong girl that has many limitations in Communism; she has been taught though to have a will and a voice in her own home.
The book cover is lovely, a collage of several family photo's, all in blue tones.
The author has shared in the book several family photographs all bringing a clearer face to her family.

This book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.

Blissful Reading!


Haya Leah said...

Dear Annette,

Thank you for your insightful and kind review. I am touched that you loved my book.

All best,

Haya Leah Molnar
Author of "Under a Red Sky"

Annette said...

You welcome dear one! Thank you for visiting my blog!