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Jennifer Steil: Exile Music

(Fiction, 432 pp. 2020)

A sheltered and refined 1930s Vienna childhood, suffused with music and the looming but unacknowledged threat of Nazi occupation, ends abruptly when Orly’s family flees Europe to the mountains of Bolivia. Music is a constant refrain as the uprooted narrator relates her family’s interludes of fear, grief, longing, and ultimately, hope, amid the people, culture, and towering vistas of the Andes.

Discussion Questions from the Jewish Book Council

Kirkus review

Review by Cristina Merrill, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, July 28, 2020

Review by Hilary Daninhirsch, Times of Israel, April 22, 2020

Review by Marcia R. Rudin,

Review by Jesse Bernstein, Jewish Exponent, May 20, 2020

Review by Aaron Liebel, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 17, 2020 (print and audio)

Author biography from author website

Podcast interview and review (review begins at minute 36) with Lori L. Tharps, The Meltingpot (audio)

YouTube interview with author hosted by Celia Laskey, for the Strand Book Store (video)