Still looking for a thread of grace

Seventy-five years ago, on September 8, 1943, hundreds of Jewish families fled a Nazi round-up in France by climbing the Maritime Alps, hoping to find shelter in the hills of northwestern Italy. Now there is a yearly march to commemorate that exodus — Marche de...

Annie’s lasting legacy

She was the dog of a lifetime. A perfect fit, coming at the perfect time. Imperial and needy, ruling the household, enriching our lives. Annie Fanny was the dachshund model for Rosie Posey in Dreamers of the Day. She was not a speaking character precisely —...

Tombstone trip: packing up

Book publicists tend to think geographically, not climatically. When A Thread of Grace was published in January of 2005, the first week of the tour was on the West Coast. The events started in San Diego (sunny and 80), with stops in San Francisco (rain and 55),...

The partisan war in Italy

When I was doing research for A Thread of Grace, I interviewed a number of people in the Cleveland area simply because I heard an Italian accent and saw a person who was clearly born before 1935. I’d ask, “Where in Italy were you born?” and...