From the Jewish Quarter of a tiny village in 19th century Austria-Hungary to the German-speaking neighborhoods of urban Minnesota in the last century, it follows the lives of two women in two generations. Avraham Azrieli, author of “Deborah Rising” (HarperOne, 2016), called the book “breathtaking.”
Constantine melds historical fact and invention to tell the dramatic story of a mother and daughter, both intelligent and determined, facing choices made challenging by their differing circumstances and times. It is also the story of Jakob Oster, would-be patent attorney turned journalist, and his pursuit of love and truth from the bitter-cold winters of Duluth to the dry-heat summers of the Far West.
Constantine, himself a freelance journalist, has been researching this epic of family origins for nearly 15 years. He was inspired to wrap up the work in part by the recent digital reconstruction of the synagogue in Frauenkirchen, Austria, which had been destroyed after the German takeover of Austria before World War II.
“Distant Sons” (Gesher Press) is available now in both Kindle and print editions.