Joseph Kertes was born in 1951 in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto ...
That's the most beautiful shirt I've ever seen...When Jake admires Jerry Hom's shirt, a friendship is born between two boys who are hungry to belong, share, see their similarities, and marvel at each others differences. But new friendships are fragile as Jake discovers when he comes home wearing Jer...
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
March 1944: War's darkest period descends upon Hungary's Jews. By the time it ends in January 1945, over half a million Jews will have been murdered. Gratitude tells the story of that period, through the eyes of the wealthy Beck family, whose lives and loves are saved and lost. At the center of it a...
Thomas Dunne Books
In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert a...
Recounting a Jewish child's experience of Christmas in the 1950s, an eloquent story speaks of what it is like to be a minority in a dominant culture and everyone's experience of longing to share in another's world while remaining true to oneself.
This novel follows in the comic footsteps of Kertes's other works.