Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings, in conversation with Houston’s own, author Chris Cander.
As soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róża and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, seek shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet. To soothe her daughter, Róża tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden.
In this make-believe world, Róża can shield Shira from the horrors that surround them. But the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róża must make an impossible choice: keep Shira by her side or give her the chance to survive apart.
Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II, Jennifer Rosner’s fiction debut is a testament to the triumph of hope even in the darkest of times.