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Jumping Over Shadows by Annette Gendler
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it was amazing

Annette and Harry fall in love in Munich in the 1980s. Only problem: she's German and Catholic; he is a Jew. The couple hides the romance from Harry's family for three years until they are ready to marry. They address Harry's parents forthrightly, overcoming obstacles the older generation lays in their path. Annette has found her man, and Harry has found his woman. It's the stuff of fairy tales.
But the book--at heart--is about Annette, her focus and determination to make things work. In converting to Judaism with an Orthodox rabbi (so that there will be no questions in future) Annette delves deeply into the practices of the faith. She investigates the history of another interfaith marriage in her family's story, unearthing a loving and painful past in Czechoslovakia and Germany during the War. This is the real deal, authentic and direct.
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December 3, 2018 – Shelved

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