Permanent for Now by Jeffrey S. Markovitz
Permanent for Now is a novel that inspects the binary of good and evil during one of history's most difficult times: World War II. Told through three vantage points, circumstance rises to the forefront as the engine that generates goodness and wickedness in our world.
From Mariah Stubee at glassworks:
The first chapter of Jeffery S. Markovitz’s new novel contains just two words: He died.
This short statement is startling, but not altogether surprising for a story that centers around the events of World War II-era Germany, when death came for millions. In two short words, Markovitz not only sets the tone for the rest of the novel, but also lays the groundwork for a well-crafted twist at the end. The words reverberate as we are introduced to each new character, wondering, Is it him? Is he the one who died?
The starkness and sense of dread from this first chapter is repeated throughout the book, contrasting beautifully with the intricately rendered characters that drive the story. With a shifting point of view, we focus in on certain elements of the story just long enough to become entranced, only to be forced to pan back out and reassess our perspective in the very next chapter. Seeing the story from various distances and though changing eyes adds both to the scale and depth of the novel, compelling the audience to continue reading, if only to find out who makes it out alive. Alternating between the story of young Mirko and his family, a pair of unlikely friends in a concentration camp, and the Old Man burdened with a terrible secret, this book is absorbing from start to finish.
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