Jewish Book Council
PB Daily May 2, 2022
Family Secrets Rooted in Latvia
Balancing History and Story in Historical Fiction
Author Shelly Sanders shares the historical fiction books that led her to writing her own historical fiction novels, and tips on balancing history and story when pursuing historical fiction.
Uncovering the Past, Finding New Purpose
University of Waterloo Magazine
Interview with Yona Zeldis McDonough
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson)
Alum and Author Shelly Sanders Intertwines Latvian Family History and Fiction in "Daughters of the Occupation"
June 20, 2022
The title of this haunting novel refers not only to the victims of Latvia’s Holocaust but also to their descendants, who carry the trauma of their ancestors. Sanders tells this story through three women: Miriam Talan, who survived the Rumbula forest massacre that took the lives of about 25,000 Jews; her daughter Ilana, whom she relinquished to save her from the internment camps; and Sarah, Miriam’s American granddaughter, who in the 1970s risks her life and travels to Soviet-controlled Latvia to ferret out the truth about her family’s wartime past. (Harper, May 3)