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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Artur Mandelkorn is a young Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose desperate quest to find his sister takes him to post-war Israel. Intersecting Artur’s tale is that of Suzy Kohn, a Toronto teenager whose seemingly tranquil life is shattered when her uncle’s sudden death tears her family apart, leading her into a troubled relationship with a charismatic musician. Their stories ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by New Jewish Press (first published May 30th 2017)
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Elyse  Walters
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book just became one of the top 20 best Books of the year in Jewish Literature in Canada!! Well deserved! Great debut!
Congrats to the author!
Nice to hear good news.
Today is the anniversary of 911
Life is soo sureal sometimes.

THIS BOOK is wonderful - big congrats again to Sharon on her first novel

"Come Back For Me", is a debut novel written with kosher-honest-to-Goodness energy. I love the simplistic clear writing, and FULLY ENGAGING STORYTELLING!!!!


While my heart returned to wre
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars!

Beautiful characters. Beautiful story. Beautiful writing.

This was a deeply touching and extremely well-written novel revolving around a brother and sister who are separated during the destruction and devastation of WWII. The story is presented in two timelines, each equally captivating. I found myself glued to the pages, holding my breath in anticipation, hopeful for a happy family reunion.

The author, Sharon Hart-Green, writes with such smooth clarity and eloquence – the words flowed
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All five stars to Come Back for Me

My friends who are drawn to WWII fiction, Holocaust fiction especially, will not want to miss this book.

Sharon Hart-Green has a clear and simple writing style. For a debut, I was impressed with how well-written it was. The story has two narrators, and while I enjoyed both, I was deeply affected by Arthur and Manya's story, a brother and sister who were heartbreakingly separated during the Holocaust.

Arthur's devotion to Manya was palpable, and having exper
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The horror of the Holocaust, the survivors' loss of everything they owned and all those they loved is told through the life story of a young Hungarian named Artur. The contrast in the lives of Jewish teenagers living in Toronto in the late 1960s with that of Jewish teens living in communes in 1947 Palestine is contrasted. Much of who we become and how we behave is determined by our living conditions. Regardless of circumstances there are ties that connect families even though their geographic an ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As previously mentioned, I received this as an ARC from the author.

This book did something to me that doesn't happen often. It made me get very emotional and it made me cry. I still feel torn up.

It is the story of a family that faces major heartbreak due to events from the Second World War.

I am glad this story is out now because it is greatly needed. Many of the older members of the community are passing away. And because of this, many of the youngsters have no personal "link" to the events tha
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Artur Mandelkorn is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who is desperately trying to find his sister Manya. They became separated during the war and he continues to look for while while building a life for himself and his family while living on a kibbutz in Israel. We see Arthur grow from being a young man to being a widower with two sons. He lives primarily on a kibbutz in Israel but his story also takes him to London and eventually to Canada and back to Israel while he tries to connect with missing ...more
Laura Beasley
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: The authors had a copy sent to me to read and review
I was asked by the author to read and review this book and I loved the book. The story grabbed me from the very beginning and I kept wanting to read so I could see what happens. The story goes back and forth from the past to the present and the author did a great job with this. The transition back and forth was smooth and I never got confused about what time period I was reading. The author does a great job developing the characters and you really learn about each one. The story tugs at your hea ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The four-word title for Sharon Hart-Green's debut novel--Come Back for Me--holds all of the poignancy and tragedy that is contained within the pages of this epic novel. Several periods of history are woven together: Canada during the turbulent 1960s, Hungary during the Holocaust, and Israel post-Holocaust. Eventually, the two stories come seamlessly together in an emotional crescendo. Sharon's writing is both eloquent and accessible, and she imbues her main character, Artur Mandelkorn, with the ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Had I had the luxury of time, I feel as though I would have read the novel in one sitting. Each chapter left you wanting for more. The two main characters Arthur a Holocaust survivor in the mid 1940's and Suzy a high school senior in the late 1960's would seem like an unlikely pair to come together. Sharon Hart-Green does an artful job of telling their parallel stories twenty-five years apart and finally bringing them together. Along the way she does a wonderful job of describing the different e ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brava on this wonderful debut novel! I found myself caught up in the story from the start. The story line shifts back and forth from one time period and location; Toronto in the 1960s and beyond; to another: starting in Eastern Europe in the mid 1940s and moving forward. This could be jarring and dissonant but the author writes in such a way that the story moves seamlessly between periods and locales until they eventually meet up in time and place. The characters are so well written that the rea ...more
Barbara Albert
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Come Back for Me is one of those books that you swallow up whole, in one or two sessions at most. Sharon Hart-Green uses vivid imagery to paint a sweeping, engaging story from beginning to end. You root for the characters and wait with great anticipation for their lives to intertwine. This is a beautiful, unique take on a complex and complicated genre that will leave you wanting for more.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on amazon under SBKL.
This novel is a winner!!!!

*** I purchase books on Amazon and cannot transport them to GR without reviewing them.
( if there is a better way; please tell me)
Pearl Saban
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Hart-Green's writing easily captures human pain & emotional bankruptcy in her characters. Past and "present" are shared in an important way as the reader moves between different time periods and wildly different settings. We ride an emotional roller coaster as we move through the book's pages with each of the characters.
The history of a people is depicted in fine detail: early Israel especially was such a visual for me...I could see the scenery right before my eyes.
Well done, Sharon! Ant
Ryan Ebert
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful read! Pain, hope, love, and desire to live life all come together in this masterful portrait of two lives on opposite sides of the world with an amazing story. Artur and Suzy will not easily be forgotten.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written story that has you 'binge' reading to discover if and how the protagonists ,who the author has so masterly portrayed , achieve their goal /telos. ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Come Back for Me is a beautiful story, beautifully written. I finished it yesterday, and I haven't stopped thinking of it since. I particularly loved how Jewish philosophy on life, death, and suffering is woven into the voices of the characters, and how the various characters are portrayed with a brilliant level of compassion and kindness.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to read an insightful and uplifting book.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been approached by author Sharon Hart-Green to receive a copy of her first novel Come Back for Me in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I received it and started reading it I was hooked. Come Back for Me is by far one of my most favorite books. I haven't read a book in a long time that played on every one of my emotions as this book did. Applause for Sharon Hart-Green for Come Back for Me and for many new novels I hope she plans to write.

Shira Reiss
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. The story went back and forth in time from the mid-40’s with a young Jewish Hungarian man, Artur, to the mid 60’s with Jewish girl, Suzy in Toronto. I enjoyed seeing how the author described the 2 settings of early Israel and the events of the 60’s in America. There are not many books that address Jewish identity in the diaspora (or lack thereof) during the 60’s. I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see how the characters were connected. I recommend this book ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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‘Hope is never lost; it just migrates.’

This is a novel about being Jewish, about loss and survival, and the impact of trauma. It is also about the meaning of family, and the bonds of friendship. There are two major characters, and the story shifts between them. The story moves between the past and present, between memories and hopes.

Artur Mandelkorn is a young Hungarian Holocaust survivor. He searches for the other members of his family, particularly for his sister Manya. When he became separate
Deneale Williams
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Within this book, you are going to see and feel things, that you may have heard told through stories, and seen on the TV screen by others. Here we will follow Artur Mandelkorn a young Hungarian holocaust survivor who is trying desperately to find his sister.

Artur remains sternly focused on this endeavor, and it leads him into the post war of Israel.

Suzy Kohn is a teen from Toronto, whose usual routine has been ruined by Israel’s war, causing her to lose her Uncle, and tearing her family apart.
Anna Dowdall
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
RECOMMENDED: Come Back For Me is an unusual and unforgettable book, a narrative of generational trauma and generational healing, an old-fashioned fable complete with plot convolutions and recognition tokens. It's sad story, even unbearably so at times, but not a depressing book. The two narrators, a WW2 survivor and a young girl growing up in late 60s Toronto, are convincingly portrayed, and the two narrative threads and time frames are deftly woven together, with a conclusion that satisfies. Sh ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have avoided most Holocaust-related fiction because I felt it might be too overwhelmingly depressing. But Sharon Hart-Green's debut novel manages to strike just the right balance of realistic, tragic drama with an underlying spirit of hopefulness.

The author runs two simultaneous plot lines -- one involving the teenaged Suzy Kohn of Toronto in the late 1960's; the other the Holocaust victim Artur Mandlekorn. Separated from his 14-year-old sister, Manya, in a labor camp, Artur devotes much of hi
Marcia Fine
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read many novels about the Holocaust. I've even written one myself. Sharon Hart's Green novel touched me deeply. Her ability to grab the reader to invest themselves in a book is extraordinary. I, too, was compelled to keep reading about Artur and Fanny. Yes, there is sadness for anyone who went through the experience of being in Europe in the 1940s; however, there is also a journey of hope the author takes us on by sharing Israel. I don't want to reveal too much, yet I will not forget the ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust
I have been working on obtaining books that have been on my to read list for a few years. Some I can borrow from my public library, others I inter loan (although not now during the pandemic lock down.) As not all books are available, I sometimes eliminate titles as there are so many more to take their place. This book seemed so compelling to me, and as it was published in Canada, did not make it to my library system, so I bought it.

What a magnificent novel. Dual stories that converge in a meani
Deborah Levison
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This poignant, beautifully-written saga floored me with its vivid depiction of Hungarians struggling to survive during the Holocaust as well as of life in the burgeoning state of Israel and, later, in Toronto. It had me in tears more than once. All the way through, I kept wondering how the stories of the two main protagonists would intersect and, sure enough, the author cleverly knit them together at the end in a logical and satisfying way. Highly recommended not only as an enjoyable read but fo ...more
Robert Libman
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this heart-warming story. The characters were portrayed in depth & one could identify with the painful dilemmas each was faced with. The book is written as 2 narratives being told by 2 different people in different parts of the world who lived many years apart; yet, I could tell from the start that there was a connection & I could hardly wait to find out what it was. It was an exciting read & I would recommend it highly. I bought several copies to give to members of my family & ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasure to read from beginning to end. I loved that it moved between Israel and Canada (two of my favourite countries) and also from worn torn Europe to current times. The story was told through the honest and sweet emotions of characters who I could relate to. It was a great read.
Joanna Kafarowski
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stirring tale of loss, memory and the power of love. ‘Come Back For Me’ (The New Jewish Press) by esteemed Jewish scholar Sharon Hart-Green relates the story of two parallel lives that must inevitably collide: Hungarian Holocaust survivor Artur Mandelkorn who desperately seeks his beloved sister Manya and teen-aged Suzy Kohn who struggles with the secrecy that shrouds her past and Hungarian- Jewish origins. This debut novel packs a powerful punch for all readers- leading us all on a meaningful ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hart-Green's novel begins with two teenagers decades apart. One struggles with the Shoah and its aftereffects; the other is growing up in Toronto during the turbulent 1960s. This short novel has a big heart and reveals how the Holocaust transformed families long after the war.

For my complete review, see
Andy N
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A touching, memorable novel that goes into the horror of the Holocaust, how people lost everything and how it marked their lives. Be prepared to grieve and to hope.

This novel tells the story of two different people, Arthur Mandelkorn and Suzy Kohn. Arthur is desperately trying to find the sister that he was separated from during the war. At the same time, he tries to rebuild a life for him and his family in Israel. His story takes him around the world from London to Canada and back home where he
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Sharon Hart-Green's debut novel COME BACK FOR ME is a gripping story of trauma, loss, and the redemptive power of love set in the aftermath of World War II. Published in 2017 by The New Jewish Press (an affiliate of the University of Toronto Press), it was chosen as an Editors' Choice Book by the Historical Novel Society.
Sharon received her PhD in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and has ta

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