Pictures Of The Past

Pictures Of The Past

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Exquisite Reading for Historical Fiction Lovers . . . It calls to mind the rich tapestry of a Belva Plain novel. Lisa Barr Author of Fugitive Colors If someone has not already optioned Deby Eisenbergs Pictures of the Past as a movie, they certainly should . . . a mesmerizing story. Norm Goldman, Book Pleasures . . . a dynamic mix of Characters and subplots along with an enlightening history lesson on Jewish culture. The romantic tale that runs through the length of the main plot commands the readers attention to the storys eventful end. Melissa Brown Levine, for Independent Professional Book Reviewers Pictures of the Past is a thriller spinning around World War II as a painting is accused of being stolen. . . Following a romance surrounding the painting, Deby Eisenberg crafts a unique and thoughtful story of the time . . . a much recommended read for historical fiction collections. Midwest Book Review Pictures of the Past is a compelling saga sweeping through Chicago, Paris and Berlin, reliving events from pre-World War II Europe, but beginning in contemporary times. An Impressionist painting, hanging for decades in the Art Institute of Chicago and donated by the charismatic philanthropist Taylor Woodmere, is challenged by an elderly woman as a Nazi theft. Taylors gripping and passionate story takes us back to 1937. Sent to Paris on family business, he reluctantly leaves his girlfriend Emily, a spoiled debutante from Newport, Rhode Island. But once in Europe, he immediately falls in love first with an Henri Lebasque painting, and then with the enchanting Sarah Berger of Berlin. After Taylor returns home, the Berger family becomes trapped in the Nazi web, and any attempts for the new lovers to be reunited are thwarted. Interwoven with this narrative is the story of Rachel Gold, a beautiful and bright Chicago girl caught up in the times of the late 1960s. Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend Court Woodmere, Taylors son, she moves to New York to live with her aunt, a Holocaust survivor. Years later, as the controversy surrounding the provenance of the painting becomes public, Rachels grown son is disturbed by his inexplicable familiarity with the work of art. And it is only Taylor Woodmere who can unravel the complicated puzzle of their lives. With a heart-grabbing ending, Pictures of the Past is historical fiction at its best, giving a personalized window to the powerful events and intriguing venues of the eras. From a world torn by the horrors of war, a love story emerges that endures through years of separation.

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