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Stormi's Review: The Conversations We Never Had by Jeffrey H. Konis


PUBLISHER: Outskirts Press

RELEASED: May 3rd 2016

GENRE: historical fiction

LENGTH: 208 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback





This is the dream of a grandson, who had taken his grandmother for granted, to have a second chance, the opportunity to learn about his family from the only person in the world who knew them, who remembered them. My father remembers nothing about his real parents for they were dead by the time he was nine. Olga, his mother's younger sister, survived the Holocaust, found my father hiding on a farm in Poland and later brought him to America to raise as her own. He never asked her any questions about his parents. Though I later moved in with Olga for a period of time, I repeated history and never asked her the questions my father never asked. Olga has been gone for more than twenty years, along with everything she could have told me, leaving me with a sense of guilt and profound regret. The Conversations We Never Had is a chronicle of my time spent with Grandma "Ola" and tells the stories she might have shared had I asked the questions.


The first thing I noticed about this book, just from reading the preface, was that it was going to be a great read. This book follows Jeffrey on a journey to beat his guilt after the death of his grandmother. He never had the time or the maturity to sit down and have real conversations with her. This book is an imagined story of what those conversations may have been like....IF he had taken the time. The time to sit, talk, and remember. This book grabbed me, hook, line, and sinker, on the first page. This book was easy to get into because it was so descriptive that I felt like I was right there. The history and the feeling of family, give this book a wonderfully warm, heart felt feel. It was a book full of heartache and regret, love and family. This book makes me want to chat with both my parents and my grandparents because time doesn't stand still. No One is promised tomorrow. Tomorrow may be the day that I will never have that chance again. This book made me think and feel. That is what makes this book so good.

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