October 11, 2017
Janice Steinbeck was inspired by her Ashkenazic heritage and the seemingly insurmountable challenges her ancestors endured on their journey towards freedom. She has completed her new book “Bessie”— a gripping and heart-wrenching tale of resilience in the face of hardship. Steinbeck’s maternal grandmother, Bessie, shared her history with the hope that her stories would carry on and not be forgotten. Even in the face of overwhelming hardships, each generation found the promise of happiness, beginning with Bessie’s own maternal grandmother. In 1905, when the mood in Odessa escalated to a full-blown violent riot, where Jewish homes and communities were decimated, and countless Jewish men, women, and children were slaughtered, Bessie’s family was suddenly spared, and after careful planning found their way to freedom.
Steinbeck shares, “As an elderly woman battling loneliness and isolation, Bessie Bascove spent the rest of her life reflecting on memories of times gone by, beginning with stories she heard as a child, and continuing on to a new and unfamiliar life in America. In her old age, while still traumatized after so many years, Bessie recalled living through the tragic events she witnessed during the 1905 Odessa pogrom that brought her here. It was her hope that upon her passing, her life and the lives and memories of those she cherished would not be forgotten. This is her story.”
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Janice Steinbecks’s moving tale of resilience and the will to survive is a must read for those interested in history or the plight of the oppressed.
Readers who wish to experience this captivating work can purchase“Bessie” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Kobo, Google Play or…