An unexpected phone call hurls Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone - along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
"I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That's what happened in my case." (Yaron Reshef)
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Yaron's story is an incredible search of his family's history.
The book unfolds like an excellent detective story, revealing facts and occurrences one after the other.
The narration is done very sensitively; it is accurate and preserves the spirit of Yaron's story.
The story comprises of several layers: the family history, the Holocaust, the thirties in Israel - Palestine and Ukraine of today, which makes it even more authentic and interesting.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something unexpected. The writing is very detailed and the narrator's voice is a perfect fit. At first, I was hesitant. The story seemed so trivial to me - why would someone write this? The first few chapters were long until more and more details of the mystery began to emerge and I realized the magnitude behind Yaron's history. What an unexpectedly beautiful book.
The most memorable moment of Out of the Shoebox to me was the ending where all the pieces to Yaron's puzzle fit together. It made me want to dig into my own family history (although nothing compared to Yaron's)... and I cried.
This book made me cry and swell with emotion. I felt like I was following his adventure right along with him.
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