Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Beginning: Ghost Writer: A Story About Telling a Holocaust Story





In the fall of 2008, my colleague, Peter, asked me if I might be interested in working with the Holocaust survivor, Joe Koenig, and his family to tell his story.

-- Ghost Writer: A Story About Telling a Holocaust Story by Beth Benedix. After Benedix ghost wrote a memoir for a holocaust survivor, at his urging, she wrote this book about her own experience of searching through his past and telling his story.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Roberta said...

So, this book is about how a ghost writer wrote a memoir?

Writing someone else's story would be tricky to pull off without adding too much of your own voice. It would be made triply difficult if the person was a Holocaust survivor.

Sounds like a powerful book.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

I am having trouble finding out much about either this book, or the memoir itself, but I don't think it is one for me.

I did manage to establish that the memoir itself is only 70 odd pages long, so to write a book about how you wrote that short amount of text, does seem to be a bit of overkill, even if the memoir is quite powerful and has been well received, if only little read!

It would be good to know what you think of either / both books, in due course and thanks for hosting and sharing :)


The Candid Cover: YA Book Blogger said...

Sounds like an interesting concept for a book. I have always wondered about the ghost writer perspective. The topic is one that is also very hard to write about, I'm sure.

Katherine P said...

I don't think I've ever come across a book about a ghost writer experience but I'm definitely intrigued!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This book sounds good. Thanks for sharing...and for hosting.

Anne Bennett said...

I just finished another holocaust book about a topic I knew nothing. I keep thinking the eventually we will have all the stories we could possibly get out of the holocaust, but no. If you enjoy your book you might want to try Day After Night by Anita Diamont. They sound a bit similar. For Info on Day After Night

Literary Feline said...

The opening alone makes me want to read this one. Reading the blurb, it's for sure going on my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

This one would make me way to sad. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine!

Nicki J Markus said...

Sounds like a deep, thought-provoking read.

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