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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Every family has secrets, but some are far darker, reach deeper, and touch a rawer nerve than others.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Vanesa Neuman’s childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents’ unspoken wartime experiences. The past for her was a closed book... until her father passes away and that book falls literally open. Vanesa m
Published October 26th 2015 by Evolved Publishing (first published September 7th 2015)
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Lane Diamond
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Galerie I found this book to be a bit of a refreshing change from the usual fare these days. Why? Because the author took the time not only to research his subject matter to a great degree, but also to write for me, a reader who enjoys great prose.

I'm a fan of the classics, and I despise much of what passes for literature these days. I think every book should have two boxes to be checked (or unchecked): Story, Literature. Most books qualify for the first classification, but fail to qualify for t
Greg Dill
May 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I tried. I tried so hard. I really did. But, I couldn't stay with it. I felt the story was all over the place. Bouncing from one decade to another and back, and introducing too many new characters. While I appreciate the authors writing style (great writer), the story did seem a bit discombobulated. There didn't seem to be any flow to it. I kept telling myself it will all come together at the end. But, I wasn't sure I could tread through the mishmash of story-hopping to see it through to it's en ...more
Angie Cory
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Betrayal so one could feed his family, so one could escape death. Survivor guilt. PTSD. Living a lie. Generations to come, living the lie. Difficult to process, yet important to read.
Sybil Brown
Not very good

I finished this book, I wanted to quit reading it several times but did not give up on it. It was just boring.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
e-Book Picked it up off Book-Bub because of the Prague connection. Intriguing mystery as the past is pursued by the daughter
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Review of Audio Format **

Nazi Horrors

Vanesa grows up in a house with three holocaust survivors, her mother, father, and grandfather. She also has an uncle who, though despised by the rest of her family, seems to be the only one capable of allowing Vanesa to express her feelings. She feels close to him. Her mother is a silent, solitary woman who is clearly not very stable after the horrors of the war. Her father is an angry, bitter man who despises his father for some unfathomable reason. Her
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actually,this is for the audiobook.This was a hard book to like,but I LOVED it once it all made sense.Vanessa is the granddaughter of Haloucaust survivors.She gets ensnared in decades old evil and learns just what her family did to survive.A horrible yet delightful realization.Mark Deakins was a fine narrator.I was provided this book free by the author,narraror or publisher.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Despite my appreciation for the materical, I have to admit to harboring mixed feelings about the time I spent with Steven Greenberg’s Galerie. I was naturally drawn to the subject matter and found the plot fairly interesting, but I didn’t feel the story was as polished as it could have been and I often found myself frustrated with certain elements of its presentation.

Greenberg’s narrative jumps back and forth across multipl
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Steven Greenberg's second novel, Galerie, is a work of Holocaust historical fiction. It is a very well researched, action-packed page turner!

Greenberg is the son-in-law of a third cousin of mine. I met him once, in Tel Aviv, in 2010. While I do not view this as çonflict of interest'in writing a review (I've panned books by writers with whom I have a much closer relationship), I do feel it ethical to let anyone reading my review to know about this.

The story, told by the protagonist's camp counsel
Heather C
After reading the final pages of Galerie by Steven Greenberg I felt like I had not stopped to take a breath for the last 30 pages at least! And the majority of the book was that way as well. Greenberg keeps the reader on their toes, never knowing which way the plot is going to turn next. Despite a page count that is less than 250 pages, you never once get the feeling that it is that short as the story is so full of twists and shockers. The plot of this novel definitely had a feel similar to The ...more
Brienne Dubh
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Greenberg brings the psychological and cultural legacy of the holocaust up to date with this tale of a young woman’s search for her family history. In the book Vanessa travels from her home in Israel to the city of her mother’s birth, Prague. She is met there with violence as it is clear that someone does not want her to get to the crux of her family history. The novel is told through the narration of Vanessa’s estranged husband and verges into omniscience as we are shown Vanessa’s thoughts and ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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Copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
"Galerie" by Steven Greenberg was a very impactful book. Often books about the Holocaust are very difficult to read because of the terrible atrocities committed. When I liked about this book that Greenberg did, was that we learned about Vanesa Neuman's family with her. I thought that this helped me develop a type of kinsmanship with her. Vanesa's family were Holocaust survivors but she does not learn this until she reads her fat
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Galerie by Steven Green­berg is a novel about a woman look­ing for her roots and a fam­ily secret from World War II.

Vanesa Neu­man, an Israeli his­to­rian and daugh­ter of a Holo­caust sur­vivor gets her hands on her father’s jour­nal after his death. In the jour­nal she finds sto­ries of long lost peo­ple and strange symbols.

Vanesa starts dig­ging about the mean­ing of the sym­bols, using the jounal, Yad Vashem and the Jew­ish Museum of Prague as her start­ing points. Along the way Vanesa over­
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book covers many countries, many time periods but with a core group of characters. We follow Vanessa Newman from a young visiting camper in Wisconsin to a woman in Israel with a mysterious and fractured family. Her mother dies when she is young, so she is surrounded by the men in her family, her father and her Uncle Tomas. But they have conflicts and when one dies the other seems strangely relieved. Kinda weird, right? Vanessa begins to dig in her past, seeking answers and what she gets is ...more
3,5 stars

When Vanesa Neuman’s father dies, she gets her father’s old diary from the World War II time. Her parents were Holocaust survivors but never spoke about their past and Vanesa feels like she never really knew her parents. She wants to learn more about her family’s history so she travels to Prague with her father’s old diary, which has an odd symbol in it.

The book divides between 1970’s and 1990’s as present day setting place in Israel, Prague and USA. While I liked the book I wasn’t fan
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Steven Greenberg has written a story that will mesmerize readers from page one. This deeply stirring story will suck readers in as they read about the story of Vanesa Neuman and her desire to learn more about her parent’s hidden wartime past. When her father dies, Vanesa sets out on a quest to discover her family’s identity and the meaning behind her father’s diary and the strange symbol within. This novel is filled with raw emotion and events that will make your heart ache. Filled with deep and ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was all right. On one hand, the author clearly did his research. I really enjoyed the writing style as well. On the other hand, I simply wasn't interested or emotionally-invested in any of the characters; historical or modern. Still not totally sure how I feel about the ending either. I don't know why Vanesa's husband had to be the narrator. He's barely in any of the story! The big plot twist on the other hand, (view spoiler) was hor ...more
Jay Williams
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly imaginative story of the Jewish experience in Prague. The narrative skips about in time between the last part of WWII and Israel in the 90s. The changes in time are documented in each chapter heading, so the reader has no problem keeping track. The narration is first person for Vanesa's husband, and VOG for the rest. The basic horror that is finally unveiled is presaged through most of the book. The contents of the Galerie are unknown to the unveiling, but the identity of the bad ...more
Heather Osborne
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a staunch reader of Holocaust historical fiction and non-fiction. I loved reading, no, devouring, Galerie. Despite initially getting off to a slow start, I was soon swept away in Vanesa's determined mission to discover a dark secret in her family's past. The novel takes us between past and present (1992) as Vanesa unfolds the mystery before the reader's eyes. I'm reminding of Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum in the way Greenberg intertwines the stories into one. The ending was certainly a su ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I am sure there will be a following for Galerie by Steven Greenberg, the novel wasn't for me. I found the story hard to follow, and the graphic descriptions just did not appeal to me. It took too long to get to the point of the story. It was overly descriptive bordering on distracting.

Disclaimer: I was sent an advanced digital copy of Galerie in return for my honest review.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Initially Galerie was a confusing, slow read, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is a compelling and horrifying story dealing with the child of Holocaust survivors - a unique and interesting book with many twists and turns.
Dianne C. Bumgarner
Needs Help

This book is labeled a suspense thriller. As such it SHOULD have been a page Turner but was not. Very slow moving and at times boring. The last two chapters were good but oh, the time wasted to get there !
Gayle Styles
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking. Enjoyed reading it.
Niyati Em
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I mean! WOW!!!

Detailed review coming soon
Avi B
3.5 stars
Beverly Stotz
This book was disturbing. I'm sure things like this happened, in addition to the atrocities we are aware of, but if that part was purely fiction, I could've done without it.
Sharon Griffin
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting read which at times was confusing due to interwoven time periods.
Emily-Jane Orford
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A powerful story about a troubling time in history with poignant lessons about choices and consequences.
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“been sent, together with 2498 other people, to Auschwitz on Transport Ek, which left Terezin on September 28, 1944. And she knew, of course, for certain that Vanesa Sr. was among the “lucky” 20% that were not sent immediately on arrival to the gas chambers, and that she was one of the only 51 people from Transport Ek that ultimately survived the war.” 0 likes
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