Readers and critics alike are calling Shosha Mordechai one of the greatest heroines in all literature.19 years old when her homeland suffers the brunt of German and Russian troops, Shosha goes to the frontlines in two major revolts.TheMoreReaders and critics alike are calling Shosha Mordechai one of the greatest heroines in all literature.19 years old when her homeland suffers the brunt of German and Russian troops, Shosha goes to the frontlines in two major revolts.The Firecrackers of Lilliput reminds us of what truly transpired during those remarkable days, says Stephen Solender, former president of the North American Council for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
The novel also introduces, in a dramatic and accurate manner, the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the Jewish people.In her extraordinary struggle for freedom and life, Shosha receives love, sustenance, wisdom, support -- and in a stunning surprise, an act of betrayal -- from Rabbi Azar Gimelman, a man her father -- away at war -- has sent to Warsaw as a kind of guardian angel.Pragmatic and cunning, Rabbi Gimelman is a complicated man on a complex mission: assure the survival of Shosha, her mother Rebekka, and the Mordechai familys longtime friend and housemaid, Leiozia, whose warm, funny personality is as charming as her story is heartbreaking.In battles supreme for the soul and fate of her beloved Warsaw, Shosha fights alongside two men of Catholic backgrounds who have come to the city from the beautiful Polish countryside: The tall, rugged farmer Karl Chelzak, whose quiet strength helps an entire neighborhood survive- and his brother Iakob, who with Shosha crisscrosses Warsaws devastated Jewish Ghetto, to keep a huddled, hopeful group of resistance fighters alive -- and bury the dearest of friends.A hardworking field hand turned reluctant mystic, Iakob Chelzak cannot fathom why people across Poland visit him for prayers, a good word, and cures they consider miracles.More perplexing: Why a power he understands even less has inflicted on him what others -- the local Monsignor- the Archbishop- worldly scholars from Rome- his outspoken mother Mia -- insist is a gift: The crucifixion wounds Jesus suffered nearly 2,000 years before, known today as the Stigmata.Together, Shosha Mordechai and the three men she loves in profoundly different ways embark on an arduous trek to find light in utter darkness that leads to an unforgettable conclusion.Shosha Mordechai is a powerful protagonist, said Dr.
Michael C. Jones, an Army psychiatrist, who read The Firecrackers of Lilliput on active duty in Iraq. I knew she had succeeded in getting to me when, in the last few sentences of the book, I broke out in goosebumps.Praise for The Firecrackers of LilliputI COULD NOT STOP READING. Your capacity to weave into the factual account of this tragic period the drama and intensity of the relationship between Shosha and Iakob is remarkable.
-- Stephen Solender, who also chaired the 9/11 Services Group of NYC.A TOUR DE FORCE, whose stunning sorties into Jewish, Catholic, German, and other histories light the way like brilliant street lamps.The overwhelming clarity and detail of the narrative served to drive a skeptic like me to keep reading, to find out what kind of yarn was being spun.The author’s ability to push the reader to the edge of comprehension, to the limit of one’s own reality testing, is a form of magic.-- Dr.
Michael C. Jones, LTC, US Army