When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.
When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather–and her family–comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.
Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can-and cannot-escape.
The Angel of Losses was somewhat of an up and down read for me. There were strong elements that I thoroughly enjoyed and there were a few aspects that didn’t work for me. Let me be clear and say that it was mostly an UP read and in the end I found it to be a very strong work.
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The Jewish myths were incredibly interesting and beautifully written. While reading those sections I found myself completely immersed in the story. I’m interested in religious history and the tales of the White Rebbe were fantastic. I could have read the mythical tales all day long.
Unfortunately the modern relationships in The Angel of Losses weren’t quite up to par with the ancient ones. I didn’t find the current relationships as deep or as believable. Keep in mind that I almost always prefer the historical aspects in books to modern ones. Part of my dissatisfaction with these parts of the book are on me.
With themes including love, loyalty, theology, and folk tales, The Angel of Losses is a very entertaining debut that I can recommend to almost every reader.
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