Sunday, 23 December 2012

Hamill, Pete “Snow in August”

Hamill, Pete “Snow in August” - 1998

Brooklyn, two years after World War II. An 11 year old Irish Catholic boy whose father died in battle and who lives alone with his mother befriends a Czech Rabbi and learns about Judaism and the Holocaust. Together they face racism and violence. Together with Michael, we learn about the Yiddish language, Jewish history, Jewish literature, the Jewish folkloristic Golem and - baseball.

The story is well-told, switching between the past and the present, building anticipation. You could almost read the story in a day but you don't want to say good-bye too early to the characters as you hopefully grow to love them as much as I did.

I really loved this book and would like to read more by this author.


  1. I like Pete Hamill's books...haven't read this one...thanks for the post.

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  2. You're welcome. This was the first book I read by him, recommended by a friend. I will look out for others. Any special recommendation?