Lewis M. Weinstein

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Reading the reviews of my GR friends, and sometimes adding a comment, is a great way for me to start my day in a literary frame of mind. Then I turn to my own research and writing.

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Lewis M. Weinstein As a Jew, I wanted to write about why Jews are hated. When I started to write, I thought about the book I'm now writing (set in Germany and Poland…moreAs a Jew, I wanted to write about why Jews are hated. When I started to write, I thought about the book I'm now writing (set in Germany and Poland during the Nazi years) but I thought it was beyond my skills. I went back in history to a less complicated era and wrote The Heretic. Many years later, I have returned to that first objective. My family comes from both Poland (my mother's side) and Germany (my father's side) so I think it was natural to develop fictional characters from both countries, and to consider the horrible history from perspectives in both countries.(less)
Lewis M. Weinstein I don't feel that I have ever suffered from writer's block, for several reasons ... (1) I always have an outline; (2) my research pulls me along; (3)…moreI don't feel that I have ever suffered from writer's block, for several reasons ... (1) I always have an outline; (2) my research pulls me along; (3) I often review my notes for the next scene late in the day, then sleep on it; it is amazing how often the first line of the new scene comes to me overnight; (4) I don't try to rush; if I'm not ready to write, I don't push it; (5) if a scene doesn't materialize in my mind, I assume it doesn't belong in the story and move on to something else(less)
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AN UNTITLED NOVEL (in draft) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: I am in the process of researching and writing a novel which takes place during the Nazi years. My goal is to explore, through both Polish and German characters, how and why so many Germans came to support Hitler and his program of exterminating the Jews. The first section (about 200 pages) is now in draft form and has been read and commented on by several "early readers."
Hereje (2012) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A Spanish edition of The Heretic
The Pope's Conspiracy (2012) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Benjamin and Esther Catalan have escaped the Inquisition in Spain and are trying to rebuild their now openly Jewish lives in Florence, under the patronage of the most powerful man of the times, Lorenzo de Medici. Meanwhile, Pope Sixtus puts together plans to murder Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano. This is a lively, fast-paced adventure, including fascinating background details of Renaissance Florence and early printing.
The Heretic (published 2000) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Set in Spain in the 15th century. The Catalan family, secret Jews who were forced to convert, struggle to survive the persecution of the Church in the years leading up to the Spanish Inquisition. Historical characters include Queen Isabel, King Fernando, and Torquemada. Gabriel Catalan and his son Tomas become the first printers in Spain, using methods just invented by Johann Gutenberg. There are two love affairs ... Gabriel and his wife Pilar ... Tomas and a young Jewish girl named Esther. Both women play major roles in the story. The Heretic received considerable praise as an exciting historical novel, and also as a powerful presentation of the manner in which the Catholic Church persecuted Jews over the centuries. Some of this praise came from Catholic leaders who recognize the sins of the past and saw The Heretic as a helpful teaching for those who are seeking a more tolerant future. Many Jewish leaders ... Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz among them ... also praised The Heretic. The Heretic has been translated into Spanish and is scheduled to be published in Madrid in early 2012. The Heretic is available at amazon in trade paper and kindle editions.
A Good Conviction (published 2007) (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A young man goes to New York, expecting to go to law school. Instead, he's arrested and convicted of a murder he did not commit by a prosecutor who knew he didn't do it. Joshua Blake, sentenced to Sing Sing prison, first learns to survive and then begins to assemble the proof of his innocence. He is assisted by a persistent female attorney, her NYPD boy friend, a prostitute, and his prison friends. The blight of prosecutorial abuse on the American criminal justice system is shown in all its horrid detail.
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I read this many years ago, and have now re-read it. It is a great thriller with an unusual twist: it may be that you consider the assassin (the man from St. Petersburg) to be the good guy with higher morals than those (the Brits) opposing him. The a ...more
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This is a short (10 page) play which powerfully presents the thinking of a Jewish woman about to leave her German husband in order that he and his career not be attacked by the Nazis. It suggests the deep underlying Jew-hatred that had by the mid-193 ...more
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UPDATE 12/13/18 ... I'm reading parts of this again as I get to the point in my novel when Korczak and his children marched off to die at Treblinka. A horrifying story told with power and emotion. In case you need any more reason to hate the Germans, ...more
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Marina H Thanks for the friend request! You're review of Wolf Hall said everything I was thinking and I look forward to read more of your reviews.


message 30: by Selena

Selena Looking forward to reading your books my amazing friend,thank u an my lionking my son birthday August22 leo like u to cute! Yours august21


message 29: by Stacy

Stacy Merry Christmas and Hanukkah too Lewis!!!!!


message 28: by Greg

Greg Hi Lewis, thanks so much for the friend invitation! I know you've heard this a lot, but I'll say it anyway: "I've tried to write a novel, found it terribly difficult and was unable to finish." But in my case, I switched to screenplays, found them much easier to write, and finished seven. (No results, not even an option, but it was a wonderful experience!) So I know how wonderful it feels to type "The End" or in my case, "Fade Out." I must read one or more of your books! I absolutely admire writers, I think the written word is the supreme art form.


message 27: by Majenta

Majenta Greetings, Lewis! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books! I hope you've had a great week and are ready for a great weekend. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


message 26: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Lynn wrote: "Faye's husband, Jonathan Kellerman, is one of my favorite authors!"

I like his work as well


message 25: by Lynn

Lynn Faye's husband, Jonathan Kellerman, is one of my favorite authors!


message 24: by Jacque

Jacque Thanks for the friend request (if there is a way to comment when accepting a friend request, I've never found it) and I was happy to like your review and look forward to seeing more of them!


Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V. Thanks for the add Lewis! I've really enjoyed reading your reviews on the many historical novels you've read, and looking forward to some gander time on your own catalog :)


message 22: by Hayat

Hayat Hi Lewis and thank you for the friend invite and for notice that I liked your review of Hitler's Pope. I look forward to reading your other reviews.


Catherine  Mustread Thanks for your "like" of my review of A Duty To The Dead. I am really enjoying both the Bess Crawford series and the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. Love reading about that WW1 era time period.


Janebbooks Lewis, I am looking forward to seeing you and talking books on Saturday August 15. My daughters and I are staying up in Marathon. I'm coming to the second day of the writers' festival and they are going shopping!

Jane


message 19: by Judy

Judy Thanks for your "like" of my "Nightingale" review. You will appreciate how the book shows how Nazi occupation affected the common people.


message 17: by Joy

Joy Chichester Thank you, Lewis, for noticing my comment on yours, of "All Our Yesterdays". It was the Jesse Stone character, played by Tom Selleck, on made-for-TV movies that turned me on to Robert B. Parker's books. I have now read all of the Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Virgil Cole, and Everett Hitch books, plus all but 2 or 3 of his other books. Years ago, I found Earl Emerson with “Deception Pass”, and met him personally when he visited Denver to promote “Vertical Burn”. I’m also reading Ridley Pearson’s books set in the Seattle area (my birthplace). My real introduction to crime fiction was courtesy of the MHZ International Mystery series, broadcast every night in the Denver area by public broadcasting, KBDI-DT3, Channel 12.3 (on free antenna reception). A televised interview with Maj Sjowall piqued my interest, so I read the ten books, in order, of the Martin Beck Series. Then, I read the Millennium Trilogy of Stieg Larsson and saw all four movies of those stories. I found Margaret Coel's "Killing Custer" on the library new books rack, and have now been lent 11 Coel books by a friend. My son asked about my progress with Spenser, and upon finding I'd read all but "Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot", he asked if I'd gotten acquainted with Alex Cross. So, there's my plan for the next year: Coel and Patterson.


message 16: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Kerry wrote: "Two books that Roger recommended that he thought you would like: "Wilson" and "The Bully Pulpit". For when you are not in research mode ;)"

thanks. We ordered "Bully Pulpit."


message 15: by Kerry

Kerry Two books that Roger recommended that he thought you would like: "Wilson" and "The Bully Pulpit". For when you are not in research mode ;)


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Lewis Weinstein Thelma wrote: "Glad to meet you, Lewis! Thank you for the friend request. You have an interesting array of reads, and a challenging job as an author.

I appreciate your remarks about my reading interests. It's..."


I have long believed it is perfectly ok to stop reading if you're not liking a book. If the first 100 pages doesn't grab you, it is very unlikely that the rest of the book will.


Stacielynn Thanks for he friend request. That was my first request based on a shared response to a book we have both read. Thanks for validating me. I will enjoy reading your take on titles, I think.


message 12: by Robert

Robert Thanks for the friend request, Lewis.


message 11: by Thelma (last edited Aug 19, 2013 08:30AM)

Thelma Glad to meet you, Lewis! Thank you for the friend request. You have an interesting array of reads, and a challenging job as an author.

I appreciate your remarks about my reading interests. It's a funny thing to me, the difference having an electronic reader makes in how I read. I've always been a big reader, since childhood, spending lots of time in the library. Hardly ever would just quit reading a book because I didn't like it. Then my sis gave me a Nook. Now I download books from the library, purchase books, borrow books, electronically; if a book doesn't grab me pretty quickly, I'll just delete it and move on to the next. The electronic world has also opened me up to books I would never have searched out before, like the WWII saga "Unbroken" and Tony Danza's book about being a high school teacher. So I do see it as a positive thing, with the major drawback being that my Nook is much heavier than a paperback when it strikes me in the nose as I drift asleep....

Looking forward to following your trail through the literary landscape. Lead on, McDuff!


message 10: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Slmcmahon wrote: "Good morning, Lewis. I saw the post with your latest "want to read" books listed and mosied on to your page to review some of your other book choices and to read about the books you have written. ..."

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope you enjoy my novels.


message 9: by Slmcmahon (last edited Jun 06, 2013 06:16AM)

Slmcmahon Good morning, Lewis. I saw the post with your latest "want to read" books listed and mosied on to your page to review some of your other book choices and to read about the books you have written.

I have added "The Pope's Conspiracy" and "The Heretice" to my want to read list and my break my rule limiting the number of books I buy in one month as they are so enticing!

Historical fiction may be my favorite genre, but I fear being overly committed as there are just too many books in to many other genres to have just one favorite.

Regardless, I enjoy reading your reviews, and reading about your want to reads.

Sherry McMahon


Helena Schrader Lewis,
Thank you for buying "An Obsolete Honor." I'll be interested in your comments/review. You have set yourself a difficult -- but immensely important task -- in trying to understand/explain the appeal of an ideology that is the antithesis of all we value today. It's easy to slip into clichés.

I was also struck by your interest in Medieval Spain. I'm currently working on a book that describes the end of the Christian kingdoms in the Holy Land. Also a difficult period....

Anyway, thanks again for the friend request and the interest in my book.

Helena


message 7: by Karen

Karen Hi Lewis - always happy to meet another Disher fan :) - I love his Wyatt series in particular - thank you for the friend invite :)


message 6: by Lisa

Lisa Unfortunately, I have a nook, not a Kindle--any way to get the Catalan family saga just as a ebook (nonKindle edition)? Lisa


Darcia Helle Thanks for the add, Lew! Great to meet you.


message 4: by Kim

Kim Thanks for the friend request, Lew. I look forward to having some enjoyable literary discussions.


message 3: by Faith

Faith Mortimer Finished this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure you will too.

regatrds

Faith


message 2: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein ARLENE ... It was fun talking with Ron last night. Looking forward to listening to what I said ... LEW WEINSTEIN


message 1: by Arlene (last edited Jun 03, 2009 03:53AM)

Arlene Klein Hi Lew,

I'm delighted to be your friend on Goodreads. Thanks for the invitation. They have me posted with 0 books. That's INCORRECT!!! Go to my profile. I have TWO (2) books. THE GRANDFATHER OF POSSIBILITIES and I NEVER WANTED TO SAY GOODBYE. GRANDFATHER has 10 five star reviews!!!! My other book is a DWAA Award nominated book. Best regards. Arlene Klein, Author


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