"Gordon frames her work in the form of tales, looking for, discovering, and retelling stories, historical events, and personal experiences of the past.... She tells tales of change, trauma, horror, and fulfillment which have determined the world of three generations of her Jewish family." --Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies, University of Texas, Dallas.
"This braided narrative tells the story of Susan Gordon's search for a grandfather, his niece, her own father, and ultimately herself. At the core lies a myth that no one in the family died in the Holocaust.... Gordon's search for Eva is the search for connection and meaning.... Part memoir, part scholarly treatment, BECAUSE OF EVA includes an extensive bibliography and end notes." --Barbara Krasner, for Association of Jewish Libraries.
"In BECAUSE OF EVA, Gordon offers an insightful look at the lifelong implications divorce thrusts upon children. It is a thoughtful and compelling look at how divorce shapes identity and creates a prism through which one's life experiences become viewed." --Brette Sember, author of How To Parent With Your Ex.
"Gordon's research on the historical context of her relatives' lives, and her exploration of family secrets and myths will be models for the genealogical community. With useful descriptions that are both interesting and instructive, she captures the rollercoaster process of uncertainty and discovery that all researchers encounter. Even after 40 years of doing research, I myself learned from her experience."--Renee Stern Steinig, genealogist and past president of Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, NY.
"This is an unflinching, honest and brave memoir, a woman's journey to come to terms with her family's shattered history." --Amy Hill Hearth, author of In a World Gone Mad.
Praise from Listeners Attending Susan's Author Talks
D.R. - "It held my interest like a detective story. I was totally intrigued!" S.W.O. - "Susan's talk was extremely moving and inspiring. People all around me were buzzing afterwards, impressed by what she had done, and vowing to do more ourselves.... My hunt for family has languished - now I'll go back and do more!" G.R.G. - "Riveting talk, entertaining and engaging from beginning to end!" L.E. -"Susan, you did a mitzvah last night - by sharing your story with such warmth and sincerity, you empowered all of us in the audience to ask our own questions about our families. You played it forward (and Eva would be proud!" L.A. - "Gordon is a wonderful storyteller and an inspiration to those who have a story to tell."
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