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The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
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Jan 27, 11

bookshelves: biography-and-memoir, trinidad-bookshelf
Read in January, 2011

At age 93, first-time author Bernstein boasts a gripping coming-of-age memoir of his childhood in a religiusly divisive town in Northern England circa World War I. Home to both Christian and Jewish families, the street where Bernstein grew up was defined by the strict social and vocational segregation. Bernstein crafts the tale of his sister's forbidden love for a Christian boy from the other side. From the perspective of his boyhood self, Bernstein offers a glimpse into a family riven by poverty, sibling jealousies, and an abusive, alcoholic father. yet held together tenaciously by a caring mother. Bernstein's graceful, unsentimental writing depicts fleeting moments of humanity and gentleness in a brutal world.

Will appeal to readers seeking evidence of the power of the human spirit to overcome prejudice and hardship. A poignant reminder to be thankful for all we have. Trinidad

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