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The Spiral Shell
The Spiral Shell

The Spiral Shell

A French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

248 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN 9781943156924

Rights: WOR

Schaffner Press (Apr 2020)
Schaffner Press, Inc.

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Overview

A memoir for readers of WWII and the inspiring stories of those who courageously and quietly did their part

April 2020 will mark the 80th Anniversary of the fall of France to Nazi Germany, and the establishment of the provisional government of the Vichy state, a puppet of the Axis regime, to carry out the arrest and deportation of all Jewish civilians. In the course of her writing residency over a three-year period in the village of Auvillar, the author learns of acts of bravery and rebellion on the part of several of the Jewish families and individuals who risked their lives to save innocent refugees and children orphaned by the Holocaust, and gradually gains their trust enough for them to share the details of their harrowing experiences of rebellion and resistance. The author in turn discovers truths about her own life and Jewish heritage in America, which she now sees in the light of the bravery and selflessness of those who elected to act and not stand by idly in the face of oppression and genocide.

Reviews

"The Spiral Shell is an evocative, probing, heartfelt memoir, as rich in character and detail as the best fiction. There are all kinds of reckonings here: personal, historical, spiritual. There is a vivid present as well as a vividly imagined past, a voice that is at turns charming, grieving, outraged and wry. Sandell Morse illuminates with wisdom and grace Eli Wiesel's timeless injunction that, 'For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.'" â€â€Ã‚ Alice McDermott, Author, A Bigamist's Daughter, Charming Billy

"Stories of political resistance from previous eras have become especially urgent to me to read now. So it was a pleasure to read my friend Sandell Morse's debut memoir, out today. It's a sort of that family detective story so many of know, in one wayâ€â€of someone trying to find out more about a family's heritageâ€â€and then stumbling into another story, found across the world, in France, while on a writing retreat, that provides much more than just answers. Elegant, erudite, passionate, I congratulate her on seeing this book through to print." â€â€Alexander Chee, Author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Author Biography

Sandell Morse's nonfiction has been noted in The Best American Essays series, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won the Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize. Her work has appeared in such literary journals as Ploughshares, Ascent, and Solstice and in the anthology, 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from Dartmouth College. Morse has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, a resident at the Hewnoaks Artists' Colony and a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in both Virginia and Auvillar, France. It was in Auvillar that the seed of this book took root. Sandell lives in Maine with her husband and their two standard poodles.