Casa de Naomi by Paula Rose Michelson, is about Naomi a lovely young Jewish woman who due to unforeseen circumstances finds herself stranded and alone on Ellis Island...until an old lady named Tia rescues her. When I first started to read the book, I confess I thought the old lady along with help from the Ellis Island official was kidnapping Naomi. However, the opposite was true; Tia took Naomi home and looked after her. The old woman gave her a life and a future.
When Tia died, Naomi took over the work of helping the vulnerable
young women arriving at Ellis Island. Sadly one day she rescued the wrong
girl...Lola. What a nasty piece of work she is! I will say no more as I do not
wish to give away any part of the story.
Casa de Naomi is quite the most
beautiful and poignant story I've read in a long while. I found the style of
writing both poetic and romantic. In some small way it reminded me of Song of
Not one character, no matter how small the part they play in the
story is side-lined. Each one is written with such depth. The author's portrayal
of Spanish Harlem is so artistic; one can almost smell the food and spices in
the market place.
This is a story based around the powerful human emotions
of, deception, mistrust, love and betrayal.
It's a brilliant book, and really
makes one think about the insidious evil that is anti-Semitism. I am so pleased
I had the opportunity to read it. I can't wait to read book 2.