“Please don’t take this the wrong way, but what I did not want to read is another book about the Holocaust. Allison, this book is so different, so sobering, so nuanced in its telling of a truly unique and, at the same time, beautiful and sad story. I know it wasn’t easy for you to share it, but in doing so, you have shared so much light with the rest of us.”
“It’s a wonderful story – of one family and all families in our own ways. It’s been the biggest highlight and gift of my day.”
“You’re brave and your story is incredible. I was moved by your honesty and your story of hope and healing that really does reflect its title. I admire and salute your honesty and your self-awareness. You are a gift, as is this book.”
“Aftermath is about more than the Holocaust: it’s about our interconnectedness as families and human beings, and the grace that comes from the recognition of those connections.”
“It’s a touching and compelling story that I’m grateful to have read. Fair warning, though, once you start reading it, it’s hard to put down… I finished it in two days!”
“…thoughtful, well written, descriptive, raw and honest. The lessons learned are admirable, thought provoking, harsh and inspirational.”
“Aftermath is that rare gem of a book that goes deep, and its author blesses the reader with her thoughtfulness and self-reflection. Aftermath is about more than the Holocaust: it’s about our interconnectedness as families and human beings, and the grace that comes from the recognition of those connections.”
“This book went right to my soul, you created a masterpiece of beauty and overcoming obstacles in the most inspiring way I ever saw.”
“…The burden of the story had very different effects on the three powerful women in this book, and it drove the trajectory of each of their lives in different ways. I commend Allison for being brave enough to share a very private story and for coming out stronger on the other side.”
“Let me begin with I am NOT a reader! But I could not put the book down. I was sad when I got to the end of the book because I didn’t want it to end – I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to learn more. If you’re looking for a book to read I highly recommend this!”
AFTERMATH is about being born into a history that never goes away. It is about reconciling memories of a tragic past with hopes for a better future. It is about the delicate balance between a proud legacy and a burdensome responsibility.
Allison Nazarian grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs, living a comfortable American life while at the same time being surrounded by stories of Auschwitz, of lost family members, of destroyed dreams and of survival. The tales of Holocaust survival shared by her maternal grandparents and by their only child—Allison’s mother—were so ingrained in all aspects of everyday life that it wasn’t until Allison was older that she realized not everyone’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors.
As Allison moved into adulthood, she began to examine more deeply the reasons why the family history empowered and made resilient people like her grandmother, whose life was a triumph until the day she died, well into her 90s—while it haunted and ultimately destroyed others, like her mother who took her own life at the age of 51. Aftermath is a powerful look at healing, forgiveness, breaking old patterns and, ultimately, finding ways to remember the past while being able to live a life of peace and joy in the present.
For bulk sales of 10 or more copies, contact us for customized pricing and a private purchasing link.