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Tasa's Song
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Tasa's Song
A Novel
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An extraordinary novel inspired by true events.
1943. Tasa Rosinski and five relatives, all Jewish, escape their rural village in eastern Poland—avoiding certain death—and find refuge in a bunker beneath a barn built by their longtime employee.
A decade earlier, ten-year-old Tasa dreams of someday playing her violin like Paganini. To continue her schooling, she leaves her family for a nearby town, joining older cousin Danik at a private Catholic academy where her musical talent flourishes despite escalating political tension. But when the war breaks out and the eastern swath of Poland falls under Soviet control, Tasa's relatives become Communist targets, her tender new relationship is imperiled, and the family's secure world unravels.
From a peaceful village in eastern Poland to a partitioned post-war Vienna, from a promising childhood to a year living underground, Tasa's Song celebrates the bonds of love, the power of memory, the solace of music, and the enduring strength of the human spirit.
2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY): Bronze Medal, Historical Fiction
2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards: Finalist - Historical Fiction
An extraordinary novel inspired by true events.
1943. Tasa Rosinski and five relatives, all Jewish, escape their rural village in eastern Poland—avoiding certain death—and find refuge in a bunker beneath a barn built by their longtime employee.
A decade earlier, ten-year-old Tasa dreams of someday playing her violin like Paganini. To continue her schooling, she leaves her family for a nearby town, joining older cousin Danik at a private Catholic academy where her musical talent flourishes despite escalating political tension. But when the war breaks out and the eastern swath of Poland falls under Soviet control, Tasa's relatives become Communist targets, her tender new relationship is imperiled, and the family's secure world unravels.
From a peaceful village in eastern Poland to a partitioned post-war Vienna, from a promising childhood to a year living underground, Tasa's Song celebrates the bonds of love, the power of memory, the solace of music, and the enduring strength of the human spirit.
2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY): Bronze Medal, Historical Fiction
2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards: Finalist - Historical Fiction
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  • As a journalist, Linda Kass wrote for regional and national publications, including Columbus Monthly, Time and The Detroit Free Press, early in her career. Tasa's Song, her debut novel, is inspired by her mother's life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. Linda lives in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more at http://www.lindakass.com/.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 17, 2017
    Kass’s novel is a moving tribute, inspired by her mother’s survival of the Holocaust, to the endurance of family, faith, and culture set in eastern Poland during WWII, when both German and Russian forces ravaged the region. The narrative begins in 1943, when Tasa, a gifted Jewish violinist, and her family make a breathtaking escape from the encroaching Nazis as their quiet village becomes the front line of battles between German and Soviet soldiers. Events then rewind to 1933, as Tasa is about to embark on her studies at a Catholic school. The signs of political trouble in Germany quickly begin to intrude on the young musician—and news of Jews becoming isolated and marginalized forces Tasa’s family to take stock of their increasing vulnerability. When Tasa’s mother is deported to a Soviet work camp, Tasa’s world crumbles, and she takes solace in her music and her love for her cousin Danik. Then the narrative returns to 1943 and the hurried nightlong trek to the home of a Catholic neighbor willing to make an “incomprehensible sacrifice” to hide a Jewish family. The occasionally uneven pacing does little to blunt the impact of a memorable tale of unflinching courage in the face of war—and the power of love and beauty to flourish amid its horrors.

  • Booklist

    May 1, 2016
    With their Polish homeland wrenched in a bitter struggle between the Germans and Russians, Tasa and her Jewish family flee to the safety of an underground bunker on a friend's farm. There Tasa turns to memories of the moments that brought them to this hiding place: her idyllic childhood on their farm, the enlightening years attending secondary school in the big city, and the sound and feel of her beloved violin. Those years were full of music and nurtured a growing love for her cousin Danik, but throughout that time loomed the threat of the war that is now openly upon them. Tasa tries to hold on to hope, but with family members missing and some presumed dead, she and Danik are making choices for a future that seems anything but promising. Across decades and continents, Tasa follows a song of hope that is uplifting even in the face of great adversity, proving that an indomitable spirit can transcend the greatest hardships. Kass depicts a heartbreaking time with great sensitivity and detail in this beautifully rendered historical drama.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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