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Ripples {Book Review}

You’ve heard it said that family experiences travel out in all directions, affecting later generations — especially trauma. The ripples that radiate outward from any notable experience within a family can resonate within the lives of descendant generations for years to come.

This book shows just that.

The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing by Adam P. Frankel is a raw, introspective glimpse into the history of his family. His maternal grandparents survived the Holocaust. His paternal grandparents — well, maybe they were not his biological grandparents at all. He begins to see personality patterns and confusing behaviors and decides to delve beneath the surface to uncover what is really going on.

I won’t say much about this book because I don’t want to ruin it for you, or give much away. I will say that Frankel, although a gifted writer (he was a former speech writer for Obama), is even more-so a highly self-aware person. To be able to reach the conclusions and observations he does regarding the interpersonal dynamics among and hidden demons within his family members (and within himself) at such a comparatively young age to when most people are able to articulate such things (if they even are at all) — it’s astounding, and rare. Bravo, Frankel, for excluding the outside noise of today’s chaotic world and taking valuable time aside in order to pontificate, ponder, and ultimately decipher what really lurks under what is visible…..and beyond that, too seek to stop the destructive cycle moving forward.

You can purchase The Survivors direction from Harper’s website, via Amazon, or wherever books are sold near you, beginning Oct. 29th, 2019.

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