Reviews of A Thread of Grace

A Thread of Grace is a powerful, gut-wrenching, human, funny and deeply moral novel that would not be out of place on a shelf next to All Quiet on the Western Front and War and Peace.The Daily Camera, Colorado

Told through … a handful of brilliantly drawn characters, this thoughtful gripping novel tells of the little known bravery of the many Italian people who helped saved thousands of lives.Choice Magazine UK

Magnificent.The Guardian, London

A rich, rewarding and well-researched novel of World War II. Beautiful, noble, fascinating, and almost unbearably sad. — Kirkus Reviews

A Thread of Grace is a book that will survive and take its honored place among Holocaust fiction. Nancy Sapir, Kingston Observer, Massachusetts

Unlike anything else that has been written on the European Holocaust… A Thread of Grace is a fascinating, intelligent, humane novel with wonderful dialog and unexpected moments of lightness and humor.
Ha’aretz, Israel

A story that should have been told years ago… Unforgettable and touching… Russell is a magical writer who gets all the historical details right. Don’t miss this book!, Hebrew Book Reviews

The action moves swiftly, with impressive authority, jostling dialog, vibrant personalities and meticulous, unexpected historical detail. The intensity and intimacy of Russell’s storytelling, her sharp character writing and fierce sense of humor bring fresh immediacy to this riveting WWII saga.Publisher’s Weekly

A breathtaking achievement. — Lancashire Evening Post, England

Darkly poetic historical fiction…crowded with thought-provoking, heart-wrenching moments, sympathetic and appalling acts…Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia

An addictive page-turner, A Thread of Grace satisfies our need to be reminded of how warmly inspiring humanity can be when it is moved to be generous, tolerant, and forgiving. Robert MacNeil, Washington Post Book World

Moving, terrifying, sad and at the same time, hopeful. This is one of those novels you just don’t want to miss. Nancy Perl, National Public Radio

Russell … writes with genius about the horrors of guerrilla war. This wholly absorbing historical novel ends with perhaps the most moving coda in fictional history.Susan Cahill, author/editor of Desiring Italy and The Smiles of Rome

As sad as the history that engendered it, and hauntingly beautiful.San Francisco Chronicle

Convincing, moving, elegant. New York Daily News

Passionate and unflinching. Rocky Mountain News, Denver