Ashes was named the Next Generation Indie Book Award winner for Historical Fiction, the New Apple Summer EBook Awards Solo Medalist for Historical Fiction, and received five-star honors from Reader’s Favorites. In Friedman’s debut work of historical fiction, a Jewish family flees persecution in Russia. The novel tells the story of The Raisky family—father Meyer, mother Sadie, and daughter Miriam—who goes on the run after a pogrom targets the Jewish community in Kishinev, Russia. They pay a smuggler to help them escape the country and secure passage across the Atlantic to the United States, where Sadie’s sister had previously settled. In New York City’s Lower East Side in the early 1900s, they discover that life as an immigrant in America is much harder than they had imagined.
The daughter of the family takes a job in the Shirtwaist Factory, and she is there when the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire breaks out. Before 9/11, that fire had been the deadliest industrial disaster in US history, taking 146 lives. Ashes brings this tragedy to our awareness while also making us aware again of the immigrant experience in America and the Jewish experience in the world.
Sharon Gloger Friedman will be at Headquarters branch on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.