Online Author Event: "A Ritchie Boy" by Linda Kass in Conversation with Kristin Harmel

Join us for a virtual reading with Linda Kass, author of A Ritchie Boy, in conversation with Kristen Harmel on Thursday, November 5th at 6:30 PM CST.

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A Ritchie Boy is an extraordinary narrative inspired by true events.

1938. Eli Stoff and his parents, Austrian Jews, escape to America just after the Nazis take over their homeland. Within five years, Eli joins the US Army and, thanks to his understanding of the German language and culture, joins thousands of others like him who became known as Ritchie Boys, young men who work undercover in Intelligence on the European front to help the Allies win World War II. In A Ritchie Boy, different characters tell interrelated stories that, together, form a cohesive narrative about the circumstances and people Eli encounters from Vienna to New York, from Ohio to Maryland, and then to war-torn Europe before he returns to the heartland of his new country to set down his roots.

Set during the dawn of World War II and the disruptive decade to follow, A Ritchie Boy is the poignant, compelling tale of one young immigrant’s triumph over adversity as he journeys from Europe to America, and from boyhood to manhood.

Linda Kass began her career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications. Her work has previously appeared in TIMEThe Detroit Free PressColumbus Monthly, and, more recently, Full Grown PeopleThe MacGuffin, and Kenyon Review Online. She is the author of the historical World War II novel Tasa’s Song (2016) and is the founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore in central Ohio.

Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including The Book of Lost NamesThe Winemaker’s Wife, The Room on Rue Amélie, and The Sweetness of Forgetting. Her work has been featured in PeopleWoman’s Day, Men’s Health, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among many other media outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida. 

Event date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
A Ritchie Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631527395
Availability: Backordered - Currently Unavailable
Published: She Writes Press - September 1st, 2020

The Book of Lost Names Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982131890
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Published: Gallery Books - July 21st, 2020