Winnipeg Jewish Review Praises Ravenscraig: “The Story of My Own Family”

Sandi Krawchenko Altner at McNally Robinson Nov.29, 2011

I am very grateful and overwhelmed by the early response to Ravenscraig.  What a fantastic week in Winnipeg.

We were delighted to learn Ravenscraig made it to the top of the McNally Robinson best seller list for paperback fiction by the first weekend.

And now we have the first review, which was written by Jane Enkin, and appears in the Winnipeg Jewish Review.

SANDI KRAWCHENKO ALTNER LAUNCHES BOOK RAVENSCRAIG WITH MANY JEWISH CHARACTERS-THANKS LOUIS KESSLER, DONALD WEIDMAN 

Louis Kessler

Here is an excerpt:

“As a newcomer to Winnipeg, I had everything to learn from the gripping true stories – the phenomenally fast growth of Winnipeg at the turn of the 20th century, political and business intrigue and the ways of life for the rich and poor

Donald Weidman

of the city. It was always a treat to see how Altner brought real people into the lives of the Willows and Zigman families.

The imagined characters, living in these exciting times, are connected to two families, one wealthy and part of Winnipeg’s high society, the other new Jewish immigrants. The homes and luxuries, and also the stresses and concerns, of the wealthy characters from British backgrounds were new to me, and fun to discover.

The stories of Jewish immigrant families, starting with their dangerous lives in Ukraine, to their poverty in Canada, through to their gradual success, are very familiar. It’s a story I never tire of hearing, because it’s the story of my own family – my grandmother crossed a river carrying her son to sneak across a border, thought she had started a secure new life in a different part of Europe, then had to start all over again in Canada.” 

Click hereto see the entire article in the Winnipeg Jewish Review.

A dream week, with lots to celebrate, and a great deal to be thankful for.  Thank you, Manitoba for your enthusiasm for stories about the rich history of Winnipeg!

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