Displaced Persons (Paperback)

A Novel

By Ghita Schwarz

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780061881770, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011

List Price: 14.99*
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August 2010 Indie Next List

“This is a bold first novel about those who survived the Holocaust and how they continued to live their lives after the horrors of the war. Beginning in 1945, Pavel, Fela, and Chaim meet and become fast friends. After emigrating to America, the three start families and created new lives, all without discussing their experiences with anyone. The weight they carry inside themselves affects their lives and those of their children. Displaced Persons is a story of survival, but it is also about rebuilding ones life and maintaining the promise of hope.”
— Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
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“This is an amazing novel. The writing is piercing and clear, and the humanity of the author and her characters will inhabit my thoughts for years to come.”
—Anne Roiphe, National Book Award-winning author of Fruitful

 

An astonishing tale of grief and anger, memory and survival, Displaced Persons marks the arrival of a supremely gifted new literary talent, Ghita Schwarz. Schwarz’s powerful story of a group of Holocaust survivors—“displaced persons”—struggling to remake their lives and cope with the stigma of their pasts in the wake of the monumental Nazi horror is beautiful, tragic, moving, and unforgettable, chronicling the lives of ordinary people who have suffered under extraordinary circumstances.



About the Author

Ghita Schwarz is a civil rights lawyer specializing in immigrants’ rights. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Displaced Persons was a finalist for the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Fiction.



Praise For Displaced Persons: A Novel

“Schwarz ... captures perfectly, and with elegance, the highs and lows, the grief and anger, and the paranoia of these refugees. In a word, this is a ‘humane’ novel.”
— USA Today

“A deft rendering of the emotional architecture of an ad-hoc family of Holocaust survivors.”
— Vogue

“Ghita Schwarz makes her mark with this remarkable debut. Displaced Persons is a brave, brilliant, and haunting work of art.”
— Colson Whitehead, author of JOHN HENRY DAYS and SAG HARBOR

“This is an amazing novel. The writing is piercing and clear, and the humanity of the author and her characters will inhabit my thoughts for years to come.”
— Anne Roiphe, New York Times bestselling author of Epilogue: A Memoir

“Ghita Schwarz poignantly reminds us that history chases us even if we run from it and that memory ensnares us wherever we turn. Displaced Persons is a big, ambitious novel, yet what’s most striking is its humanity....[it] is a terrific novel.”
— Joshua Henkin, author of the New York Times Notable Book, Matrimony

“In her warm portrayal of the postwar highs and lows experienced by Pavel and his family, Schwarz aptly evokes the emotions of those who survived.”
— Publishers Weekly on DISPLACED PERSONS

“Poignant and sharp, this engrossing first novel takes a …look at a time and a people defined by deep inner strength. Recommended for a wide range of readers, and a perfect book club choice.”
— Library Journal (starred review) on DISPLACED PERSONS

“Deceptively simple in style, Schwarz’s narrative discloses depths of tragedy, of suffering, and occasionally of hope…Stark, unadorned fiction, well worth reading.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“In this powerful debut novel, author Ghita Schwarz, a child of Holocaust survivors, hypnotically spins the tale of a Polish Jew Named Pavel who bravely rebuilds his shattered life in the aftermath of World War II.... Schwarz brilliantly gives us the long view of what postwar survival really meant.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“An exquisite rendering of the internal lives of survivors”
— Forward

“A haunting and memorable debut. . . . Fascinating”
— St Louis Jewish News

“An epic tale...”
— The Brooklyn Paper