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Paperback Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978-0-9997688-0-8 0999768808
  • 324 pages
  • $12.00
Ebook Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978--999788-1-5 B078XMJ1YN
  • 336 pages
  • $.99
Ann Griffin
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Another Ocean to Cross
Ann Griffin, author
When talented Jewish teen artist and secret activist Renata Lowenthal is beaten by police, she convinces her father, a doctor stripped of his right to practice, that the family must flee Germany. After a harrowing journey separates them, the family reunites in a refugee camp in Egypt. Renata uses her artistic talent to get her parents out of the camp and settled in Alexandria, where Renata tries to improve her family’s odds of survival by marrying Ray Stern, a Canadian officer in the Royal Navy, who is sent to war before their child is born. After Ray is injured in battle, Renata is faced with an agonizing decision that will have repercussions many years into the future. Part adventure and part love story, loosely based on true events and still relevant today, this story brings into focus the heartbreaking impact of war on refugee families.
Reviews
Griffin’s solid debut finds the personal within a historical crisis and is highlighted by atmospheric detail. At the outset, Renata, a wealthy and talented 18-year-old German Jewish artist, is forced to flee Munich with her parents in 1938. Their plans to escape to Palestine are quickly derailed and they become separated, then reunite in an Egyptian refugee camp. With her father’s heart problems and her mother’s inability to cope with their dire situation, Renata must find a way to provide for her family, and to simply survive. After the family settles in Alexandria, Renata returns to her art career, then takes her plans to provide for her family to an extreme—yet understandable—level when she meets Ray, a Canadian who is in the Royal Navy. Though stilted dialogue and frequent flash forward segments interrupt the narrative flow, the story provides insight into a difficult and tempestuous time in history. This is a decent novel about overcoming tragedy. (BookLife)
-Donna Auerbach Davis - Former member of the Board of Directors of The Anne F

"Another Ocean to Cross by Ann Griffin is an important book for all citizens of the world to read, especially during these turbulent times. It is a valid description of  Germany during World War II and the plight of a Jewish family."

 

Amazon/ Sam Turner

Another Ocean to Cross can sit comfortably with World War II books like The Nightingale or a pre-revolutionary novel like My Name Is Resolute. Knowing friends who have lived through similar experiences validated this story even though Renata is a fictional character. I enjoy the challenge of finding if a book will hook me on the first page and make me read straight through to the end. After the first thirty pages, I was so immersed that I had to reschedule my activities for the next day, and because of appointments, it took me three days to follow her adventures to a most gratifying ending. Well written, Mrs. Griffin. I look forward to your next book.

Margaret-Ann Spence, Author

"This book is a page-turner till the very end, resonant with deeper questions than most books of historical fiction."

 

News
12/08/2018
Meet Ann at the Mesa, AZ Festival of Books

Join Ann and a host of other local writers in downtown Mesa, Arizona on December 8th from 2-8 pm. The Festival is outdoors, located on McDonald Street between Main and 2nd. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the talented writers that live in your own community.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978-0-9997688-0-8 0999768808
  • 324 pages
  • $12.00
Ebook Details
  • 02/2018
  • 978--999788-1-5 B078XMJ1YN
  • 336 pages
  • $.99

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