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Liv’s Secrets

Liv’s Secrets
By Janet Levine


Publication Date was April 17, 2023.

Liv’s Secrets is a passionately envisaged saga of one fictional South African Jewish family, the Weiszs, immigrants from Eastern Europe. One among a great wave of Jewish immigrants in the latter part of the 19th century, washing up mainly in America, but a wavelet of Lithuanian Jews on South Africa’s shores.

Alongside the Weisz family, other characters inhabit the novel where historical figures interact with the fictional cast amid the background of South Africa’s racial turmoil and apartheid’s authoritarian iron fist.

Decades pass, generations of Weisz family members play out the fully fledged saga—romance, lust, betrayal, true love, despair and elation, cruelty and evil, hope and fulfilment. In the background the chilling reality of World Wars and escalating racial tensions within South Africa that culminate in the bloody Sharpeville Massacre, March 1960, and its aftermath.

From 1960, the saga pivots on the third generation, embodied by Liv Weisz. Five years earlier, a recent divorcee, passionate and headstrong, she heeds the call to become part of the resistance to the authoritarian White apartheid government. And pays an unimaginable price with resounding consequences for many characters.

Janet Levine’s first work Inside Apartheid earned media attention throughout the United States. She is also the author of Reading Matters (2022), nominated for multiple awards, and The Enneagram Intelligences, nominated for the 2002 Grawemeyer Education Award.

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