Friday, November 26, 2010
100 Years and Still Writing
Harry Bernstein, author of our next book, The Invisible Wall, is a man with a plan. Having celebrated his 100th birthday this year, Mr. Bernstein's plan for 2010 is to finish his fourth book, based on his older sister, Rose. The Invisible Wall was his first major publication which came to print in 2007 when he was 96. Since then he has written two more memoirs, The Dream, about his family's immigrant life in the United States, and The Golden Willow, about his 67 year happy marriage to this wife, Ruby.
Ruby's death in 2002 precipitated a dark spell of grief for Mr. Bernstein, but he states, "I had this gap to fill. Writing was sort of therapy. When you're old, it seems you have no future. Where are you going to go? But I could go back to my past." The Invisible Wall takes the reader back to Harry's earliest memories of life with his hard-bitten family in an English mill town in the early 1900's. Bernstein credits old photographs with bringing back a flood of memories which he then turned into his family's story of poverty, prejudice, cruelty and love.