A book is a connector.
That’s one of the surprising things I learned after Jumping Over Shadows came out in April 2017. But now it’s been two years. The fanfare of book events has died down, and I am focused on getting Book No. 2 ready to launch this fall.
Whenever I’m asked, “So how is your book doing?”
I say, “It’s chugging along nicely.”
Indeed it is. In fact, it is doing more than that.
My book is still making connections.
Last weekend, I received this email:
Subject: your book, etc.
I just read your book, Jumping Over Shadows. A lady at church in Lubbock, Texas read it and knew that I was from Munich, so she told me I should read it. I have really enjoyed it, but especially when you wrote about your mother singing “There’s A Place For Us” at your wedding party, and that she had sung in the Extra Choir at Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich.
I knew immediately that that was Beverly. Beverly and I sang at the same time in the Extra Choir! I recognized her in your family picture there.—and then of course reading of the Berndt family name cinched it. I also recognized details that Beverly had told me about your family and you and your husband.
I am a Christian from a fellowship that really reveres the Bible (Old and New Testaments) and knows it well, so I, too, am interested in learning what it was like for you to convert to Judaism and what your real life was like.
I really admire your research and your going back to the places and the cemeteries to gather facts and take pictures!–the fact that you did a lot of that alone.
I also admire your finding your way into the Writing Life. Wonderful.
I would like to reconnect with Beverly and tell her about reading your book. I have tried calling her number she used to have. Does she still live upstairs in a type of hotel looking over the lake?
She had her beautiful piano there. Was it Tutzing?