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Mouth of Truth: Buried Secrets
Guernica Editions, Spring 2018
2nd edition
242 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771833226
ISBN10: 177183322X
English
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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Mouth of Truth is a gripping account of impossible choices , divided loyalties and unimaginable horrors. Batya Lightenberg , a Canadian wife and mother tries to live a normal life in oblivion of her troubled past while carrying a legacy of guilt and buried secrets inherited partly from her father, a successful lawyer, turned Jewish policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto. Compelled by a need to unearth the truth about her family, Batya sets out for Eastern Canada, Italy and Poland on a mission of discovery and healing.
The Mouth of Truth stares at her, challenging. She yearns to touch it now, to feel the marble smoothness of its skin. She moves slowly towards it and stretches out her hand to trace its features like a blind person who wants to discover the face of a loved one, to sense their meaning beyond the face itself. With her eyes closed, she fingers the scar, the crack, the eyes' hollows, and the outline of the lipless mouth into which her hand has suddenly slipped.

Books by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

Mouth of Truth: Buried Secrets