Florence Grende was born in American Occupied Germany to Holocaust survivor parents and grew up in New York. As a young woman, she earned a Master of Social Work degree, and later, at age sixty, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her stories and poems have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies.
The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir, her debut book, has received a Bronze Medal from The 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and Honorable Mention from The 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award.
The Butcher's Daughter - A Memoir
Told with compassion and brutal honesty, a riveting account of what it means to be the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Florence Grende knew from childhood on that something evil resided in her household, separate from the rages and tears that gripped her parents—that evil an entity her parents called Der Melchome, The War. It rested in her parents’ thick silences as they forged on to create a new life in America, ignoring the impact of the past. A past that, sheltered in shadow, haunted them all.
Written in sparse, eloquent prose Grende brings the reader into her Bronx world of the 1950’s and 1960’s, into her home sheltering secrets; and then further back into the frozen Polish forests of WWII, on a journey of discovery and renewal. Written with brutal honesty and compassion The Butcher’s Daughter embraces the beauty, complexity and resilience of the human spirit.
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