Even in Darkness: A Novel

Even in Darkness: A Novel

by Barbara Stark-Nemon


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Winner of two INDIEFAB prizes: Gold for Literary Fiction and Bronze for Historical Fiction

Readers’ Favorite Gold medal for Literary fiction

Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a beloved daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the harrowing life she faces as an adult- a saga of family, lovers, two world wars, a concentration camp, and sacrifice. Based on a true story, Even in Darkness highlights Klare’s reinvention as she faces the destruction of life as she knew it, and traces her path to survival, wisdom, and unexpected love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529566
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 799,008
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Every story needs a narrator, and Barbara Stark-Nemon stepped up early in life. She learned a fascination with the magic of language from her storytelling grandfather. An undergraduate degree in English literature and art history and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan led Stark-Nemon to a career in schools, universities, and hospitals. As a teacher and speech-language therapist, Barbara specialized in child language disorder and deafness; everywhere, there were stories, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. Today Stark-Nemon writes novels and family histories while gardening, cycling, and creating fiber art in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.

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Even in Darkness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, deep complex charaters and wonderful story. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not on level with Sarahs Key but a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is another look at the world created by the hatred in nazi germany. This is a look at the ever present love that can even be found in the most difficult sercomstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful store. Had me hooked through the End.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Even in Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon is a lyrical tale that explores a family saga, taking the reader through three generations of the family and through three different continents. Kläre Kohler is born into a wealthy German-Jewish family, and the future is nothing but bright; however, things are not always the way we dreamed they would be. Her story becomes one of survival as the world around her teeters towards destruction. In these pages, readers will be introduced to characters and a family they will cherish, even after closing the book, and they will follow Kläre’s heartbreaks, hurts, resilience, and unforeseen journey of love. Barbara Stark-Nemon is an incomparable storyteller and she has crafted a story with compelling historical and human references. The reader is immediately pulled in by the beauty of the prose, which captures the setting brilliantly, offering readers a gorgeous treat of exquisite scenes and colors, delivering vivid images, and transporting them to places they can easily visualize. The intricacy of the plot is arresting and the reader is catapulted from one surprise to another. I enjoyed the way the author writes about family and how she explores the psychological conflict in the story, featuring amazing streams of consciousness. Apart from the high quality of the prose, the reader is thrilled by well-crafted dialogues that are both character-driven and plot-enhancing. Even in Darkness: A Novel is a great read and there is no doubt that the author has a wonderful gift for plot and character. Engrossing and exceptionally satisfying!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
“When had the florid Christian neighbors pedaling their way to and from the shops lost their stolid place in the scenery and begun to etch menace into the landscape instead?” Jewish Klare ponders this thought as the First World War approaches, in Barbara Stark-Nemon’s Even in Darkness. Klare’s brother reminds her, “Jews cannot sit and wait. We have to fight harder and more bravely than anyone to prove ourselves.” It must have been a hard thought then and, for others, a hard thought now. But Klare is far more than just an obedient Jewish daughter. She longs to be a wife and mother, and more, to have something of her own to offer when proud successful brothers tell their tales. This novel has an appealing short-story, long-story feel, told in chapters like steps in time, each tied to year, month and place, as they form a staircase to the future. Lives and deaths fill the space in between, and voices speak with a convincing cadence through natural and pleasing dialog. Another war looms with ever-increasing terrors. A loving mother longs to protect her sons. A father presides over the death of hopes and dreams. Lands as different as England and Palestine offer different kinds of promise, while Klare, “A woman of valor,” learns that an ability to make everyone love her might still not save her family. There are wonderful images which linger long after reading this tale—one-winged angels, supporting each other; Christ on the cross in a Catholic church; love in its many guises and kindnesses. Klare asks, “What does God mean by such agony?” But there’s beauty in the chapters and the moment, providing the sort of answers that words can’t tell, though the author tells them well. A long book, an absorbing, thought-provoking, and heart-rending read, and a beautiful tale of a wonderful life, well-lived. Disclosure: I was given a copy by a publicist and I offer my honest review