About The Book
To the Land of the Cattails evokes the uncanny atmosphere of Europe on the brink of the Holocaust with the same dreamlike realism that made The Age of Wonders a modern classic. In the summer of 1938, a Jewish woman living in Austria, suddenly gripped by a longing for her native land, departs with her adolescent son for the interior of Eastern Europe. As she proceeds, the landscape turns increasingly ominous and her son progressively more loutish. Just short of their goal, the young man falls into a drunken stupor. When he finally rouses himself and rushes to join his mother he is told she has been shipped off on a mysterious train to an unspecified destination.
To the Land of Cattails is a haunting parable of the human spirit and an unforgettable account of the destiny of modern European Jewry.