Vesper will be discussing her new novel, What the Night Sings. Unlike Many novels about the Holocaust, What the Night Sings centers on the post-liberation story as survivors had to rebuild their lives from scratch. A vital piece of the puzzle, this has relevance in our own time as many people from all walk of life must learn how not just to survive, but thrive after trauma. In a time of growing global anti-Semitism and the loss of living witnesses, this book for young adults could not be more timely.
“What the Night Sings”
After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life. In the displaced persons camp where she is staying, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who she just might be falling for, despite her feelings for someone else. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.
“A tour de force. This powerful story of love, loss, and survival is not to be missed.” — Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Nightingale
“What the Night Sings is a book from the heart, of the heart, and to the heart. Vesper Stamper’s Gerta will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her story is one of hope and redemption and life — a blessing to the world.” — Deborah Heiligman, award-winning author of Charles and Emma and Vincent and Theo
“…will leave readers gasping.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“exceptionally moving debut…a strong addition to the bookshelf of Holocaust fiction.” — Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review
“The narrative is spare but powerful as it depicts the daily horrors of the camps and the struggle to survive, hold on to humanity and, once freed, understand how to live again.” — School Library Journal, Starred Review
“A well-researched, elegant, and fittingly melodic exploration of reclaiming one’s voice—and the many kinds of faith it can spark.” — Booklist
“…accomplished and tender debut…The delicate play of emotions between the characters, and within Gerta herself, is beautifully etched by Ms. Stamper against a backdrop of unfathomable loss and suffering.” — Wall Street Journal
Vesper Stamper was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in New York City. Her family was an eclectic mix of engineers, musicians and artists who didn?’t think Voltaire too tough for bedtime reading, Chopin Valses too loud for wake-up calls, or precision slide rules too fragile as playthings. She married filmmaker Ben Stamper right out of college, and together they have two wildly creative children. When Vesper earned her MFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts, Ben gave her an orange tree. She illustrates and writes under its leaves and blossoms at her grandfather?’s old drafting table, in the pine woods of the Northeast.
Vesper Stamper Illustration www.vesperillustration.com
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