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Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft's memoir, War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life, adds an impressive new voice to the chorus of feminists writing at the intersection of gender, militarization, and the traumas of war. The story moves lyrically through her history of that of her family, from Poland and Lithuania, to Israel, and then to the United States, capturing throughout the nuances of what it is to be an outsider buffeted by political winds. Although her story is unique its themes are universal: love, loss, grief, fear, abandonment, engagement, triumph. Courageous and strong, War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life will leave a lasting impression on readers, one that invites us to contemplate anew how we can survive, indeed thrive, in a chaotic and violent world.  
In a story that is at once harrowing and inspiring, Ziva Bakman Flamhaf's War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life will take you on an unforgettable journey of love, loss, and redemption. Told with courage and insights that are the privilege of retrospection, Flamhaf reminds us that life has its own plan for all of us if only we have the tenacity and hope to make those plans come to fruition. War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life is a gracefully told tale that is memorable and timeless.

This author knows how to draw us into her life with the words and phrases she uses to tell her story.

We can visualize her as a young girl living through tumultuous times in Palestine and later Israel. I am already hooked, although I had access to only Chapters 1 and 15 of Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft's upcoming book, War Widow: How The Six Day War Changed My Life.

Born in Palestine before Israeli statehood, she captures our attention with her perceptive insights as she describes her childhood. From the very beginning, she displayed determination, intelligence, and astute observational skills. This is a child having to cope with her mother's depression and superstitions, a grandmother's lack of affection, Israel's war of Independence, and exposure to stories about the atrocities occurring in Europe. She is able to reflect on the child she once was with honesty, clarity, and even an amount of empathy and understanding for those who caused her emotional pain.

By chapter 15, she is a grown woman who faces more challenges in her life. Ziva grasps the reader's attention as she provides a unique account of her marriage, pain and pleasures, as she describes the woman she becomes, living in Israel during the Six-Days War.

Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft has given us her personal history, at times triumphant, at times heart-wrenching, through a compelling narrative that captures the reader. She transports us to Poland and Lithuania where we meet her phenomenal grandmother from whom the author gets her tenacity, to Palestine, before Israeli statehood, where we travel through her childhood with an emotionally ill mother and an unloving grandmother, through tumultuous years in Israel and Palestine with her personal heart-wrenching tale of the Six Day War, to the United States. Having only read two chapters of this novel rich in history, I am anxiously awaiting the published book to learn more about this courageous, strong woman who so bravely opens her heart on the page.