Books: Forever changed by tragedy

A Jewish family in Connecticut in 1948 struggles through life’s challenges.

By RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
June 25, 2016 01:13
4 minute read.
Cottage house

At a cottage on the shore, a lifetime of secrets. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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