Thursday, March 15, 2012

My POV of The Blood Lie by Shirley Vernick

Hardcover, 141 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published September 1st 2011) 
September 22, 1928, Massena, New York. Jack Pool's sixteenth birthday. He's been restless lately, especially during this season of more-times-at-the-synagogue than you can shake a stick at. If it wasn't Rosh Hashanah, then it was Yom Kippur, and if it wasn't Yom Kippur, it was the Sabbath. But temple's good for some things. It gives him lots of time to daydream about a beautiful but inaccessible Gentile girl named Emaline. And if she isn't on his mind, then he's thinking about his music and imagining himself playing the cello with the New York Philharmonic. Yup, music is definitely his ticket out of this remote whistle-stop town—he doesn't want to be stuck here one more minute. But he doesn't realize exactly how stuck he is until Emaline's little sister Daisy goes missing and he and his family are accused of killing her for a blood sacrifice.
Blood Lie was inspired by a real blood libel that took place when a small girl disappeared from Massena, New York, in 1928, and an innocent Jewish boy was called a murderer.--Goodreads

This is a very meaningful, educational and eye opening read. One that everyone one should take the time to enjoy. I love stories the provoke deeper thinking and give you new insight into different cultures, lives and experiences. I feel the more I know, the more I understand, and the less chance I will judge. The events in this book are a prime example of what ignorance can to do to innocent people and how easily lives can be destroyed by one lie from one persons selfish reason.

The Blood Lie is about how one mans ignorant decision to purposely points the finger at a innocent sixteen year old Jewish boy for a missing four year old Catholic girl who happens to be a very close family friend. This miss direction sends ciaos and frenzy through out this small town of Massena, New York while the Jewish community takes quit a beating from uneducated mobs.

This is a very short book but packs quit a impact on its reader. The writing is clear cut and to the point. You get to see the story from different characters point of view as different parts of this horrible event unfold. But, mostly you get the story from Jack’s POV. It was a great read and I’m glad I was asked to review this book because I don’t often branch out of my usual genre of paranormal or romance picks but this book is definitely worth reading.

I come from a people who survive, he told himself.”
“Blood accusations,” the rabbi broke in. “I should not be surprised in Troky, my Lithuanian home. I should not be surprised in much of the world. But in America? America is supposed to be a refuge from such madness. I would not have believed it possible here”

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