Forgiving Maximo Rothman by A. J. Sidransky
Like many juicy mysteries, Forgiving Máximo Rothman, AJ Sidransky’s debut novel, begins with a murder. In this case, the victim is Max Redmond, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor found dead in his Washington Heights apartment.
And like any good mystery, a compelling detective is in tow. While investigating, Tolya Kurchenko finds Redmond’s diaries, which contain gripping secrets.
Forgiving does more than shine a light on a dark mystery. Named a National Jewish Book Award finalist for Outstanding Debut Fiction, the novel explores a largely unexamined period in Jewish history: the relocation of hundreds of Jewish European refugees to Sosúa, an agricultural settlement in the Dominican Republic.