Havah Gitterman, her husband Arel, their children, and surviving family and friends have settled into their lives in America, the turmoil and persecution of Eastern Europe behind them. Or is it? Although physically safe in their adopted country, the ghosts of the dead and the horrors of the past still haunt them.
While everything is up to date in 1908 Kansas City, bigotry and religious discrimination abound. Havah faces each challenge, emotional or physical, with courage, determination and her father’s voice ever reminding her, “As one must, one can.”
For those who have wondered what happened to Havah and the others, an uplifting resolution is in store. As they did in Please Say Kaddish for Me and From Silt and Ashes, the characters shine in the third in Havah's trilogy, As One Must, One Can. The warm smells of the Jewish cooking kept me hungry during the process. It was tradition and a story of triumph over adversity, full of interesting historical facts that enriched the narrative and provided a sense of authenticity. L.D. Whitaker, author of Geese to a Poor Market