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A Castle in Brooklyn: A Novel by [Shirley Russak Wachtel]

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"a story about love and endurance that will inspire readers and keep them turning the page"

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After reading A Castle in Brooklyn, I found myself looking at the older homes in my neighborhood with new appreciation for the generations they have witnessed. The novel reminds me of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn or Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, where the house or location itself is like a central character.

The novel spans decades, and it’s mostly set in a mint-green shingled house adorned with stately black shutters. But what’s so moving are the people who live within those walls and their stories, desires, and aspirations.

Inspired by the author’s parents, who were Holocaust survivors, the novel is the story of Jacob, who, along with a young boy named Zalman, narrowly escapes death during the Holocaust. Jacob comes to the United States to build his castle, a home in Brooklyn, and marries Esther, and it appears he has everything he ever wanted. But once his dream home is built, an unforeseeable tragedy occurs just outside his home, and everything is threatened—his marriage, his friendship with Zalman, and all his dreams.

—Carmen Johnson, Editor

About the Author

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a doctor of letters degree from Drew University and for the past thirty years has taught English literature at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey. The mother of three grown sons and grandmother to two precocious granddaughters, she currently resides in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with her husband, Arthur. For more information visit www.shirleywachtel.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09W8KC1K9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little A (Jan. 1 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1887 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 263 pages
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Shirley Russak Wachtel is the author of A CASTLE in BROOKLYN, the moving story of a Holocaust survivor whose dream of building his own home and raising a family in Brooklyn is threatened when unexpected tragedy occurs. This highly touted debut novel reflects the aspirations of anyone who dreams of a better life. Other of her books include THREE for a DOLLAR, an anthology of her short stories, THE STORY of BLIMA, the journey of the author's mother in the Holocaust, IN THE MELLOW LIGHT, a book of poetry, and several books for children. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wachtel is now a college professor in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, Arthur. She has earned a Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, and in 2017 she received the Middlesex County College Scholar of the Year Award. But her proudest achievement are her three sons and two granddaughters, Zoey and Emmy.

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