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Remembering Judith by Ruth Joseph kindle free books

A true story of shattered childhoods...

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This hauntingly moving tale of a daughter's devotion to her anorexic mother tugs at the heartstrings and plays on the mind for long after you've finished it. - Prima Magazine

A true story of shattered childhoods...

Following her escape from Nazi Germany and the loss of her family Judith searches for unconditional love and acceptance. In a bleak boarding house she meets her future husband – another Jewish refugee who cares for her when she is ill.Tragically she associates illness with love and a pattern is set. Judith’s behaviour eventually spiral into anorexia – a disease little known or understood in 1950’s Britain.

While she starves herself, Judith forces Ruth, her daughter, to eat. She makes elaborate meals and watches her consume them. She gives her a pint of custard before bed each night. As the disease progresses roles are reversed. Ruth must care for her mother and loses any hope of a normal childhood. The generation gap is tragically bridged by loss and extreme self-loathing, in this moving true story of a family’s fight to survive.

Ruth Joseph lives in Cardiff, Wales where she is part of the strong Jewish community. She has a strong, evocative voice which speaks directly to the reader about guilt, love and food. Her work has perviously been published by Honno, Parthian and Loki.

free books for kindleRemembering Judith (fiction)
Ruth Joseph (Author)
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Reviews from Amazon:
The book provides a (well written) account of a sad childhood, and young adulthood, with a mother whose illness is still not well understood. 

It must have been a greatly cathartic act for Ruth Joseph to write about such difficult times. It is further set against the background of escaping the holocaust.

The book for me also works on a different, and entirely personal level as I live in the house where much of the account is based (for those who read the book, "The Prison"). 

We moved here to escape some sad history and have always found it a happy home - it is difficult to imagine Ruth, and Ruth's family, having such a different experience of the bricks and mortar to that we have enjoyed. 

It was also amusing as the house, until we started major works of renovation in the autumn of 2011, was much as described in the book (including some graffiti by the author on the inside garage wall!) as built in 1955, including the front door as shown on the cover picture.

We were not aware of the book when it was first published and chanced upon it by accident - the post mistress saw the return address on a package we were sending and informed us about the book.

A recommended read even if you don't have the personal perspective I have!

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