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Writing Ephemory

I’ve been working on and off with the material for Ephemory since my Mother died in March 2010. I always knew I needed to work with my family’s legacy of immigration and NAZI persecution. As Mom’s last breath left her, I finally felt the charge—both permission and mandate—for me to write this. For all the family stories, it was her story that needed to be told: the story of the young immigrant; the girl who grows up fast; who starts on a Plan A that too quickly becomes a devastating Plan B; who touches US soil and feels the inspiration and opportunity of this land through her bone-tired feet each night. I’ve told it against the backdrop of the woman she was in her last decade: losing her memory; her sense of reality and soon; her language and place in the world that she had gripped so tightly.