5* Review of Ethan Canin’s “Carry Me Across the Water”

5 stars The story of a man who had a fascinating & love-filled life!
Reviewed By Sherrie Miranda
This review is for: Carry Me Across the Water: A Novel 88293.jpg
My book has a different cover from the two on Amazon. I can see why. I thought I was going to be reading a book about a Japanese person, not a book about a young Jewish boy who escapes Nazi Germany!
This is the story of one man’s brave, yet often difficult life. August Kleinman’s mother saw what was coming, so she left with her son in the middle of a dark, foggy night, leaving behind a very wealthy German Jew husband, Augusts’s father.
This book became more and more enjoyable, the more I read. Kleinman appreciated every stage of his life and lived it to the fullest. Even in old age, he had his son, daughter-in-law (who appreciated him more than his son did) and his grandson. He also had a secret friend, a young Latina woman with a child, that he tried to help. He felt it was the least he could do after hoarding millions most of his life.
And then there was the Japanese connection, created because of the war. Even though he killed the owner of the letters, Kleinman felt he needed to see the Japanese man’s son and give him the letters that would explain who he was.
As always, when one loves a story, I didn’t want it to end. I will be looking to read Canin’s other novels very soon!
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


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