Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth

Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth


By Gina Roitman


"That's how we lived, surrounded by ghosts. They sat at the table while we ate our Sunday meal. They lay beside us in the bed as we slept..." 

In Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, author Gina Roitman has captured her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in the character of Leah Smilovitz. Leah lives in a world trapped between two solitudes. An outsider, she belongs neither to her parent's painful generation nor to her own, freshly minted in the freedoms and contradictions of Montreal in the 1950s and 60s. Growing up in a community of immigrants forever bound to the past, Leah tests the boundaries of her independence. 

This poignant and often funny collection of linked stories takes us through her rebellions, loves found and lost, and the pain of being helpless in the face of irreparable circumstances. Coming of age in a generation looking for its own identity, Leah struggles against old world fears and taboos to move into a more hopeful future.

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About the Author

Gina Roitman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Passau, Germany in 1948 and lived in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons Camp before emigrating to Canada as a child. An award-winning writer and poet, she is currently completing a film entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me - a documentary about her discovery that the horrific stories she thought were told to terrify her as a child were actually true. She supports her passion for traveling by working as a communication consultant for clients in the travel and tourism industry, and as Travel Media Consultant for VIA Rail. She lives in Montreal. 

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Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 2008

  • $17.95 Paperback

  • 156 Pages

  • 5 x 8

  • Adult Fiction

  • ISBN: 9781897187531


"What is it like to grow up surrounded by the ghosts of dead memories? Roitman captures this dilemma in powerful language." - Jewish Book World