IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
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This gripping and unusual novel offers powerful insight into the realities of one young woman's survival through the Holocaust and another's journey out of hatred and self-loathing.
Sixteen-year old Hilary, a neo-Nazi initiate, lies in a coma in a Jewish hospital after a motorcycle accident. As she drifts in and out of consciousness, she finds herself transported back to Poland at the outset of World War II, where she becomes Chana, a Jewish girl who experiences the full range of Holocaust horrors. As Hilary lives Chana’s harrowing journey (from life in the crowded Lodz ghetto, to a failed escape attempt and prison, and finally to the nightmare of Auschwitz), she starts to rethink her own life, and ultimately emerges a changed person.
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1996 paperback edition