Even in Darkness

A Novel

Fiction - Literary
317 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2017
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Author Biography

Barbara Stark-
Nemon grew up in Michigan, listening
to her family’s stories of their
former lives in Germany, which
became the inspiration for her
first novel, Even in Darkness.
Barbara holds a Bachelor of
Arts degree in English and
Art History and a Masters in
Speech-language Pathology
from the University of
Michigan. She lives, writes,
and does fiber art and
photography in Ann Arbor
and Northport, Michigan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Even in Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon is a lyrical tale that explores a family saga, taking the reader through three generations of the family and through three different continents. Kläre Kohler is born into a wealthy German-Jewish family, and the future is nothing but bright; however, things are not always the way we dreamed they would be. Her story becomes one of survival as the world around her teeters towards destruction. In these pages, readers will be introduced to characters and a family they will cherish, even after closing the book, and they will follow Kläre’s heartbreaks, hurts, resilience, and unforeseen journey of love.

Barbara Stark-Nemon is an incomparable storyteller and she has crafted a story with compelling historical and human references. The reader is immediately pulled in by the beauty of the prose, which captures the setting brilliantly, offering readers a gorgeous treat of exquisite scenes and colors, delivering vivid images, and transporting them to places they can easily visualize. The intricacy of the plot is arresting and the reader is catapulted from one surprise to another. I enjoyed the way the author writes about family and how she explores the psychological conflict in the story, featuring amazing streams of consciousness. Apart from the high quality of the prose, the reader is thrilled by well-crafted dialogues that are both character-driven and plot-enhancing. Even in Darkness: A Novel is a great read and there is no doubt that the author has a wonderful gift for plot and character. Engrossing and exceptionally satisfying!