Title: Crack Between the Worlds
Author: Carmen Stenholm
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Reviewer: Bob Flounoy
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0980006473
There is an interesting story to tell about all of us and our families. Crack Between the Worlds is such a story. It has universal appeal because, through this family, we have a mirror that reflects our own ancestors --- and the courage, unyielding tenacity, and occasional bouts of luck that
must have occurred in a somewhat similar fashion, to bring each of us into the world. The power of this story comes from an unflinching look at the character's lives. In it, heroism is balanced with selfishness and petty concerns; perseverance is sometimes rewarded and sometimes dreadfully crushed. It's a story of horrific tragedies and unquestioning resolution to keep living despite the cost. It's a story of big mistakes and small kindnesses, of roads taken at great cost and roads untaken, perhaps at greater cost. It's the story best summed up by the words of Johanna, the family matriarch, who, on the day the Nazi soldiers ravaged her town said to her granddaughter in response to the child's desire to simply give up, "You have to care, Ella. That's what this is all about, you know---to care even when it hurts, to have the strength and courage, my little one, to care even when your mind and body want nothing more than to run away."