A mother and daughter walk a tightrope between remembering and forgetting after the Holocaust. Willow was raised on the scrapbooks her mother, Jana Ivanova, made of memories of her life in Prague before the World War. But the stories end with the beginning of the Holocaust, and Willow knows little of her mother's life after the war, or of her own beginnings when Jana landed in Montreal and met Willow's father. Jana moved to the US before Willow was born, and Willow knows nothing about the father she never met, except the fairytale-like story her mother has told her. Willow has grown up to be a loner and an artist, an acclaimed puppeteer whose marionettes have become the family she has missed. Like many Holocaust survivors, Jana wishes to spare her daughter the pain and weight of the past, while Willow wants to protect her mother from the pain of remembering. But she has an urgent need to know the missing pieces. When both Willow and Jana find themselves back in Montreal, the secrets can no longer be hidden as old loves lost are found and mother and daughter decide to take a journey to Prague to discover the past.
Used availability for Ami Sands Brodoff's White Space Between
October 2008 : Canada Paperback
January 2008 : Canada, UK Kindle edition