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The Conversations We Never Had

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is the dream of a grandson, who had taken his grandmother for granted, to have a second chance, the opportunity to learn about his family from the only person in the world who knew them, who remembered them. My father remembers nothing about his real parents for they were dead by the time he was nine. Olga, his mother's younger sister, survived the Holocaust, found my ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Outskirts Press
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Veronica ⭐️
3.5 stars

The Conversations We Never Had addresses the regrets we all have when someone dear to us is no longer with us. It’s then that we think of all the things we wanted to or should have said.

Konis has captured the voice of his Grandma Ola beautifully and it is like she is there in the room talking to him about her life growing up in Poland during the Russian rule, her time in Kovno and eventual migration to America.

Told mostly in dialogue with Konis asking questions which are then answered
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

*I was provided a copy of this book by Book Publicity Services in exchange of an honest review*

If you guys know anything about me, you know that I don’t usually read non-fiction, it is just not something that draws my attention or captivates me. But this book made the cut simply because of the Historical Fiction part of it, and that is one of my favorite genres expecially when it is about the period around WWI
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Nici Zalliski
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story of one grandsons regrets where his Grandmother is concerned. The author has a family history that is noteworthy, and full. Maybe not all of it was good, but it still happened. I loved this book. I enjoyed the task of reading this work, and once I finished reading Conversations We Never Had I was glad of the experience.
This is a book that I would recommend for the Memoir lover in my bookclub. It’s a quick and enjoyable read.
Christina
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is unique in both its genre and content. Never before have I read a book that explores the most painful regrets and 'what ifs' in life: what if I had taken more of an interest in my family history before time ran out? Why did I not pay more attention to my ailing grandmother, despite all opportunities to do so? The author poses these questions in a thoughtful, eloquent manner, all within the framework of the author's grandmother's undocumented story of surviving the Holocaust and makin ...more
Janelle Collins
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genealogy
Jeffrey Konis' book "The Conversations We Never Had" was a beautiful reflection of a man's relationship with his ailing grandmother's sister, who acted as his grandmother throughout his life. Over many conversations, Konis was able to tease out memories of her life and upbringing in pre-WW2 Germany, as the spectre of Nazism started to overtake Germany, with all of the horrors that entailed. These stories helped Jeffrey better understand his grandmother and her sister, as well as his father's tem ...more
Cheryl
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book except the ending. This book has made me realize how many of the stories my grandparents and parents told me, I just listened to with only one ear. They are all gone now and with them most of these stories. I can only say I was young and didn't realize how important they were. I am going to try to remember what I can and write it down for my children. I am also going to write down my history for them and any possible grandch ...more
Deborah
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The Conversations We Never Had encompasses the challenges of memory, family, and legacy. A record of the author's conversations with his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, in the last few years of her life, Konis presents the delicacy of opening up questions to worlds and experiences, and how uncovering these stories brings ever more questions than answers. The result is bittersweet - the sense of a deepening relationship, a joy in understanding, a relief in forgiveness - and the knowledge that ...more
Jill
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone ages 16+
The Conversations We Never Had by Jeffrey H. Konis contains interwoven themes of familial love, cultural loyalty, making difficult choices, acceptance, revering our elders, survival, perspective, and more; it is a unique hybrid of both autobiographical non-fiction and historically accurate fiction. The narrative chronicles how a young Jeffrey Konis may have learned the details of his incredible family backstory, if he had only asked his beloved Grandma Ola to share what she knew and experienced ...more
David Vaisberg
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s a beautiful story. Though I knew the premise from the beginning, I was so disappointed at the end to be reminded that this is an imagining of what those conversations may have been like. This was really quite a powerful work of writing. I’m just not quite sure what to feel after a work like that, which may very well be akin to the bittersweetness of not asking all the questions we need to while are loved ones are still alive.
JAnn Bowers
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was about conversations we never got to have and the regrets we face in every day life. Jeffrey's story will capture your heart, soul and mind from the beginning to end. With each page turned the deeper you fall into this story about the regrets, love, loss and survival.

I received this book through the NetGalley for an honest review.
Ayustika (That Bibliophilic Cauldron)
Review to come.
Jo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
How do I start to review such a beautiful book? It is a wonderful read that echoes all of our deepest regrets. While reading, I had the desperate urge to build that time machine and to go back and ask all of those questions that I should have asked my loved ones when they were still alive. What the author has managed to achieve is the wish to do just that, but through fiction.

The Conversations We Never Had centres around Jeffrey, the author, who describes a brief period in his life of when he li
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Bethany Swafford
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Regretting that he'd never asked his grandmother about her life, the author explores how he wishes he'd done so.

Sometimes in life, we look back and wish we'd asked more questions, listened more to those who had gone through extraordinary circumstances. I found it fascinating to read how this grandson, in the wake of this remarkable woman's death, explores what he would now ask her if he had the chance and what might have been her answers.

Detailing the effects of the Holocaust, I would definitel
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Boundless Book Reviews
The first thing I noticed about this book, just from reading the preface, was that it was going to be a great read. 

This book follows Jeffrey on a journey to beat his guilt after the death of his grandmother. He never had the time or the maturity to sit down and have real conversations with her. This book is an imagined story of what those conversations may have been like....IF he had taken the time. The time to sit, talk, and remember. 

This book grabbed me, hook, line, and sinker, on the first
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Kelsey Butts
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Cleopatra  Pullen
I instantly got the feeling that Jeffrey Konis has written this beautiful book with a sense of guilt and regret. The pages are full of the stories he imagines his Grandmother’s younger sister, Grandma “Ola” would have told him if only he’d asked the questions, alongside this are a few too many descriptions of the hard work he was doing to establish himself at law school as justification for not doing so.

The first section describes Jeffrey moving into the brownstone house with Olga when she was a
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