When We Return

To be Released May 17, 2022

 “A spellbinding narrative that spans two continents Europe and Latin America at pivotal times of history. We are drawn to the life of its characters those that escaped the fractured world of the Holocaust and those in Latin America who struggled for truth and justice. Eliana Tobias has written a mesmerizing novel where history is braided with humanity. A passionate tale of resilience and fortitude.”

-Marjorie Agosin, Wellesley College, award-winning poet and novelist, author of The Butterfly Hill Series.

 “A story about reparations and redemption, When We Return weaves decades and continents, victims of the Holocaust and those reeling from terrorism in Peru, with the struggles of loss and injustice. Tobias explores with insight and compassion the familial bonds that sustain us, to ultimately reveal the healing that comes from family, love, and shared humanity.”

-Claire Ibarra, author of Fragile Saints and Vortex of Our Affection

 “In a novel with as many victims as there are survivors, Eliana depicts the phenomenal resilience of love that can bridge displaced families across borders and beyond time. A Thoughtful writer, giving readers history and fiction in equal servings, her words are prime and elegant, adding richness to a beautiful retelling of an ugly past.”

-Mari Jojie, author of A Hundred Silent Ways

 “In this thought-provoking novel, the author traces generational history for those who are the recipients of life shattering events. Tobias seeks and provides answers to questions of rights of recipients of outrageous historical behavior and to what forms such reparations may take. Personalizing such problems, the novel gives an historical background from the Peruvian Shining Path guerilla movement to the European Holocaust and shows through keen characterization how the sharp light of history reflecting national crimes impacts on both the recipients and future generations. Can new relationships provide solace to those long ago destroyed? A must read for philosophical and historical students and deep thinkers, everywhere. A highly original and different type of novel.”

-Suzanne Hillier, author of My Best Friend Was Angela Bennett and Sonia and Carl

“The author, a daughter of Holocaust survivors who narrowly escaped the Shoah in 1939, was raised in Chile worked in Peru. As a Jewish Latina familiar with South and North America, her unique window into life and political events provide penetrating and perceptive observations on the all too human issues caused by displacement as well as generational trauma. Eliana Tobias weaves a tapestry of trauma as experienced by a Peruvian victimized by the Shining Path guerillas and an American, affected by his father’s preoccupation as a Jewish Czech refugee. Equally compelling is the struggle of the affected individuals to confront memory and seek justice, each of which proves to be an enormous challenge. After all, the perpetrators rely on the erosion of memory and the avoidance of justice. This story may help inspire those who know that silence is not the answer.”

-Robert Krell MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, author of Sounds from Silence

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