Description The Book of Aron de Jim Shepard:
The acclaimed National Book Award finalist one of the United States finest writers, according to Joshua Ferris, full of wit, humanity, and fearless curiosity now gives us a novel that will join the short list of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo. When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of children s rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape as his mentor suspected he could to spread word about the atrocities? Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child s-eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring. Anyone who hears Aron s voice will remember it forever."
JIM SHEPARD is the author of six previous novelsand four story collections, including "Like You d Understand, Anyway, " which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, "TheNew Yorker, Harper s Magazine, McSweeney s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, " "Granta, " "Zoetrope, " "Electric Literature, " and "Vice, " and has often been selected for "The" "Best American Short Stories "and "The""PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories." He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children, and teaches at Williams College."