The White Space Between

The White Space Between


By Ami Sands Brodoff


Winner of the 2009 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction.

A family's story of the Holocaust lies buried in the soil of a graveyard in Prague, in the old neighborhoods of Montreal, in the serenity of a small New Jersey town, and in the memory of Jana – a woman finally asked to bear witness

Far from the landscapes of her earlier life, Jana raised her daughter, Willow, on the beautiful scrapbooks she kept of her own childhood in Prague before World War II. But her stories end with the beginning of the Holocaust, and Willow knows little of her mother's life during the war and its aftermath. Jana's memories of this time are so guarded that Willow is uncertain who her father is – the answer left behind in Montréal, the city where Jana first settled after the war. 

When both Willow and Jana find themselves back in Montreal, the past can no longer be hidden. New loves are found and lost loves rekindled, and mother and daughter decide to journey to Prague to unearth the stories that can no longer stay buried.

The White Space Between beautifully evokes one family’s history and resilience, as it traces the mix of curiosity and self-protection that lead a mother and daughter into the past. The puppeteer heroine and her staunch and wry mother are wonderful, indelible characters, in a novel with a rare sunniness at its heart.” - Joan Silber, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award winner, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Size of the World
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About the Author

Ami Sands Brodoff is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her volume of stories, Bloodknots, was short-listed for the Re-Lit Award and an excerpt from her previous novel, Can You See Me? was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. She has contributed to Vogue, Self, Elle, The Globe and Mail, and The Montreal Gazette. She has won fellowships to Yaddo, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, and the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta. Originally from New York, she now lives in Montreal with her husband and two children. She serves on the executive of the Quebec Writers' Federation and is active in Montreal's literary community.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 2008
  • $18.95 Paperback
  • 308 Pages
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • Adult Fiction
  • ISBN: 9781897187494


  • 2009 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction Winner


Praise for The White Space Between

"This moving and textured novel explores the complex mother/daughter relationship between Jana, the Holocaust survivor and Willow the talented puppeteer, as the two balance on the precarious tightrope between remembering and forgetting. In The White Space Between, Ami Sands Brodoff introduces us to memorable characters and resonant themes, with a vivid Montreal as backdrop. This is a novel about the stories that shape us, and the silences that lead us to deeper truths." - Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction jury

"...[Brodoff] weaves myth and reality into an honest story where the white spaces are a balm for the woes and wounds of the stories that shape us." - Montreal Review of Books