Block writes in sharp lurching prose that captures the artful poetry of forced marches, clacking train cars and orders barked in many languages. She illustrates not only the desolate selfish calamity of the war; but also the unsentimental love that takes root in such a setting. An engaging story of love in the worst of circumstances.

--Kirkus Indie

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The Shoemaker's Daughter A Novel is a sensuous, groundbreaking romance--the tale of a poor Jewish couple whose passion and bravado help them elude the Nazi net of terror. But even after being hidden by honorable Poles and the liberation, there is still no safety. Now Aron and Gitel must chance a dangerous escape to freedom. Gitel carries a precious secret that may derail everything they have fought for  and time is not on their side.  

"those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'."

--Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Helen Martin Block


A gorgeous and stirring story of love and survival set against the horrors of war. The novel is a contemplation of love--at times futile, at times powerful--and it is this theme, as well as the author's exceptional language, that raises The Shoemaker's Daughter A Novel above the oppressive gloom of the typical holocaust story.

--Valerie Leff, author of Better Homes and Husbands; Executive Director, Westport Writers' Workshop