01 November 2016

Today's Read: Tasa's Song by Linda Kass

All about Tasa's Song by Linda KassHave you ever wondered if you could survive the invasion of your country by an enemy who was specifically targeting people just like you? I've often thought about this very question. In this award-winning novel, we meet Tasa, a young Jew who learned the hard lessons of survival in war-torn Poland.

It was a night like others she had shared with Danik. He came to Tasa's bed after everyone was slumbering and the house beat with silence. The two of them whispered their feelings and fears, relishing the comfort of their stolen privacy. She knew that just before dawn, Danik would rouse himself and leave her to awaken alone, the imprint of his body still fresh beside her, but for now they drifted in each other's arms.
Tasa's Song by Linda Kass (She Writes Press, 2016, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Poland, before and after World War II
  • Circumstances: Tasa, a promising violinist, and her family must find a way to survive the Soviet invasion, the Nazi invasion, the Holocaust, and a world war. Tasa's dreams of becoming a professional violinist are shattered by the war. Fear and sorrow are overwhelming as family members are deported or arrested. Tasa is initially one of the lucky ones, hidden and protected by family friends. But no one truly escapes the horrors of war.
  • Genre: historical fiction, based on the true story of the author's mother
  • Themes: prejudice, war, music, family survival, love; betrayal
  • Characters: Tasa Rosinski, a budding violinist; her family, especially her cousin Danik; family friends; teachers; enemies, soldiers
  • Some things to know: Music fills this book, from folk styles to classical. The story is told mostly through narrative, but Kass also uses letters, songs, and journal entries. Check out the book trailer (embedded below).
  • Awards: Tasa's Song won the 2016 Bronze Metal for historical fiction from the Independent Publisher's Book Awards.
  • Jewish Book Month: I'm recommending Linda Kass's Tasa's Song for Jewish Book Month, which occurs annually in late fall. Because the event is based on the lunar calendar, the date changes every year; this year it begins on November 24. For more information, visit the Jewish Book Council's website


Anonymous,  11/1/16, 8:15 AM  

This sounds an amazing book, Beth. I also love the music... Thank you for sharing. My TT this week is an amazing fantasy read -

bermudaonion 11/1/16, 8:40 AM  

I think that type of book appeals to me because I do wonder things like that.

Daryl 11/1/16, 8:40 AM  

i cant imagine living during WW2 ... certainly not in Europe ... this sounds good, thanks!

Vicki 11/1/16, 8:43 AM  

Sounds interesting. And yes, I've thought about this happening. Scary!

Laurel-Rain Snow 11/1/16, 10:06 AM  

I love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing, and I'm adding it to my list. Thanks for visiting my blog.

BooksPlease 11/1/16, 10:26 AM  

This does sound the sort of book I'd like!

SuziQoregon 11/1/16, 11:01 AM  

Oh this sounds good - adding it to my TBR

Nise' 11/1/16, 11:25 AM  

I am so glad books such as this are still being written. I would definitely pick this one up to read.

Kathy Martin 11/1/16, 1:36 PM  

This sounds so good. There is so much amazing fiction set in that time period. For this week's teaser, I chose Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry. Happy reading!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 11/1/16, 2:13 PM  

Thanks for sharing this new-to-me novel. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I'll be taking a closer look at this book.

Margot 11/1/16, 7:49 PM  

I like the questions you pose in your opening. I like reading books rear answer the questions. This one looks good.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 11/1/16, 7:52 PM  

Hmm, interesting intro but, I'm not sure.

Unknown 11/1/16, 9:18 PM  

Such an emotional excerpt and lovely cover:)

My TT from Something Deadly

Anonymous,  11/1/16, 10:19 PM  

This sounds interesting but maybe very sad. I'll add it to my list but it may be awhile before I read it. I think it's one you have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle. Thanks for sharing it. Here's my link for today's teaser and opening paragraph: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1id

Cleopatra Loves Books 11/2/16, 3:48 AM  

I like books that make you question how you'd react in a similar situation and as many of my wider family were living in occupied Amsterdam as Jews it would make quite a poignant read.

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