I bought this book some time ago but I kept putting off opening it because of the content. I am so glad I worked up the courage to read it because painful as it was, it tells of a time in the world’s history that needs to be remembered. It was often hard to continue to the next page and the events are overwhelmingly heartbreaking. The author has written her characters in a way that they across as being totally believable in their reactions. There was the combination of love and hate, cruelty and kindness, acceptance and hope. Touching the Wire
At times this book was confusing as the author went between past and present- but then I was reading it as I traveled America to attend the book award ceremony for Hold the Faith. So when Touching the Wire brought me to tears it was embarrassing. I was totally involved with the characters. I will not mention the end - it would be a spoiler, but it was very interesting. :) I guess what struck me the most was the description of what went on at Auschwitz. The author portrays that with sensitivity and through the eyes of the characters involved. The author did an excellent job of characterization but I would have preferred a little more clarity in switching between past and present in the first half of the book.