The War at Home coverThe German Money

A Novel by 
Lev Raphael
Leapfrog Press
24 Pages / 6 x 9 / Paper
ISBN: 0-9679520-0-X Trade edition - $14.95 
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An emotional suspense novel in which a matriarch’s death unearths unthinkable secrets of the Holocaust

Best known for Dancing on Tisha B’Av, the ground-breaking story collection exploring the lives of children of Holocaust survivors, Lev Raphael is also the author of five popular mysteries. Now he combines his talents in a story of emotional suspense.

Paul has spent his life running from New York, the city of his birth; from his beautiful beshert; from contact with his brother and sister; but mostly from his mother, a Holocaust survivor of inexplicable coldness. Upon her death, the children face shocking questions. What caused this healthy woman’s death? Why did she divide their inheritance so that Paul, the least favorite son, was singled out to receive the most, the dreaded ‘German money,’ a bequest of a million dollars accrued from German reparations to survivors…a gift as cynical as it is generous.


"Lev Raphael is a daring writer, one who will not be restrained by genre, but who tells his story with all the tools at his command. The German Money combines all of Raphael's estimable talents, delivering an emotional thriller about a totally believable contemporary family coming to terms with fifty years of silence."
-Edmund White, Author of A Boy's Own Story

"Lev Raphael's new novel is a powerful, haunting and erotic tale. The stunning narrative builds to a shocking denouement and kept me turning pages faster and faster to learn the truth."
-Linda Fairstein, Author of The Bone Vault

“Lev Raphael writes of  love, redemption, and revenge with an unflinching honesty that is rare and beautiful. This is an exquisite portrayal of a troubled family, of three siblings each affected differently, but painfully, by their mother's past. A poignant reminder that we cannot hide from history no matter how fast and far we run, The German Money is a true and powerful triumph.”
-Binnie Kirshenbaum, Author of Hester Among the Ruins

About The Author

Lev Raphael is the author of thirteen books and known internationally as the chronicler of the lives of the children of Holocaust survivors. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, among many prizes, his short works have appeared in two dozen anthologies, including American Jewish Fiction A Century of Stories. He is a book critic for National Public Radio and mysteries columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Read a lot more about Lev and all his books on his website


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