The Flight of the Veil

Fiction - Literary
269 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2021
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Author Biography

After a 40-year career as an attorney, Bruce J. Berger received his MFA in Creative Writing from American University in Washington, DC. He worked there with novelists Stephanie Grant, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and Patricia Park, along with poets Kyle Dargan and David Keplinger. His forthcoming novel, The Music Stalker, also to be published by Black Rose Writing, is a prequel to The Flight of the Veil. Among other honors and awards, The Flight of the Veil won an Illumination Bronze Award in General Fiction. Bruce J. Berger now teaches College Writing and Creative Writing at American University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Nicky Covo was an adolescent when he fought the Germans in his homeland of Greece. He had one especially close call when a German soldier aimed a grenade at him. The German died but Nicky was not harmed; it was as if a protective shield materialized. Nicky was Jewish and he believed his parents and siblings died at Auschwitz. Fast forward to 1990, when Nicky, now a psychiatrist in New York City, received a mysterious letter, questioning if a nun in a monastery could possibly be his sister. Nicky no longer considered himself Jewish, as he no longer believed in God. Although Nicky had doubts about having a living sibling, he decided to explore the possibility.

In The Flight of the Veil, crafted by Bruce J. Berger, a compelling story unfolds. This book is informative and thought-provoking in many ways. Nicky had never dealt with his guilt over killing people during the war, nor his belief that he had survived while all his family had died. Over forty years later, his guilt was exacerbated by the death of his wife and his relationships with his children were somewhat distant and complicated. A new relationship with a woman he had known decades earlier affected him in unexpected ways. The challenges to Nicky’s faith, or lack thereof, are also quite intriguing. Although there seem to be numerous storylines, the skillful writing of this author interweaves each of these themes seamlessly. Author Bruce J. Berger has penned an unforgettable novel in The Flight of the Veil. It is truly an exceptional book!

from the author

And, even though I wrote it, I still get chills when I read; tears still well up at certain points.