January 26, 2021

The Book of Uriel

The Book of Uriel

Elyse Hoffman

Published January 26, 2021 by Project 613 Publishing


Uriel was always different. Born a mute, he communicates through the magical stories he writes in a golden notebook. But when the fires of World War II consume his village, he soon learns that his tales of angels and monsters are more real than he thinks…

My Thoughts: I do not think that I have EVER read a book like this before. This book offers a unique blend of historical fiction, Jewish heritage, and otherworldliness. I have never read anything else by this author but in this book, Hoffman shows a range that will undoubtedly be very difficult to match. Uriel epitomizes what it is to have unwavering faith, love, and optimism despite being mute and experiencing horrific ordeals in his young life. He is the embodiment of self-sacrifice. Uwe stands as a reflection of how upholding one’s beliefs is worthy enough to fight for. The stories in Uriel’s book have multiple layers and provide the reader with a grounding point between the harshness of the WWII events and the transcendent interactions that Uriel experiences. It does take a bit to get over the jarring juxtaposition between the settings. Once the reader settles into the rhythm that Hoffman creates the book becomes a very inspiring read.

I received an advanced copy of this title via BookSirens as part of the book tour through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

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