On a Wing from the Holy Land: Fragments of a Life, by Bat-Zion [Batzi] Susskind-Sacks, is a novel that presents a fascinating and sobering insight into the life of Jessica, a Jewish character heroine, a daughter of two Holocaust survivors. She is driven to wrest wisdom from her past, love from her present, and light from her future. The story draws the reader to accompany Jessica as she seeks and finds a place for her body and soul.
On a Wing from the Holy Land is inspiring on three levels, Jewish history, human survival and hope.
The story covers, in an iterative flow, more than a century of events in Jewish history – resuscitating a world of the past, in which the character, on a journey in search of spiritual fulfillment, self-realization and growth stands as a metaphor of a People and the State of Israel.
The book is reminiscent of “The Source,” by James Michener, although there are important differences, perhaps because the author is female, and an Israeli.
What was the young woman thinking? What were her feelings? Was she thinking of the present, of a young man, of love? Was she in the past, in the remote history of her family or land? Perhaps she was thinking of the future, or arguing, in her mind, with her parents, with a lover? – from the prologue
Ms. Susskind-Sacks writes from the heart; her first-hand experiences shine through, weaving together a historical narrative with a personal account of Jessica’s evolution over time, space and lifestyle, as if she is painting a scene by scene on canvas.
On a Wing from the Holy Land: Fragments of a Life
By Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks [Batzi]
Paperback: 416 pages
Published by: Tate Publishing (December 3, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Amazon Reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
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