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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,897 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Diamant Narrator: Dagmara Dominczyk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780743598408
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In her most moving and powerful novel ever, Anita Diamant portrays richly imagined female characters in a haunting fictionalization of the post-Holocaust experience.

 

Atlit is a holding camp for “illegal” immigrants in Israel in 1945. There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past. Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, tells the stories of the women gathered in this place.

 

Shayndel is a Polish Zionist who fought the Germans with a band of partisans. Leonie is a Parisian beauty. Tedi is Dutch, a strapping blond who wants only to forget. Zorah survived Auschwitz. Haunted by unspeakable memories and too many losses to bear, these young women, along with a stunning cast of supporting characters who work in or pass through Atlit, begin to find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves and discovering a way to live again.

 

Day After Night is a devastatingly beautiful novel, a story only Anita Diamant could tell, and it will make every listener weep. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Diamant traces the odysseys of her fully imagined characters so sensitively that these resolutions are convincing and well earned.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Diamant opens a window into a time of sadness, confusion and optimism that has resonance for so much that’s both triumphant and troubling in modern Jewish history.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fluid storytelling and well-drawn characters make this a sure bet for a wide range of readers.” 

    Booklist

  • “Diamant…tenderly portrays four women in transition, from the killing fields of Europe to the promised land of Eretz Yisrael.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2009 Washington Post Best Book
  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/20/2014

    " I had never heard of Atlit detention center before I started this book. Actually I was a little confused as to why the British held the people in the center instead of finding them places to settle down. I don't want to say too much about the book for those of you that have not finished reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy Brown | 2/20/2014

    " Nowhere near as good as the fabulous The Red Tent, but still a pretty engrossing story of a group of women, of unimaginable loss, and of rebuilding. I wish Diamant had given us a fuller account of each woman's story, though, as the snapshot approach definitely left me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Prindiville | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting book but doesn't hold a candle to The Red Tent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 2/13/2014

    " A great historical fiction. I really liked how the author interweaved the histories of the four main characters with the present dialogue. A touching story of survival and friendship. I also enjoyed learning about an event in history that I didn't know took place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara Zabolotney | 1/31/2014

    " another excellent book by Anita Diamant. Her writing is so poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/26/2014

    " Great book. A very quick read, but really touching. Another great novel by Diamant about the strength of the female body and spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 1/17/2014

    " 3.5 for this one. Almost 4. I have always been interested in reading about the Holocaust and this was a different perspective on that time period. I've read very little about what happened to the survivors after the war ended. This historical fiction about 4 young women during that time provided a heartfelt look at that period of time. Overall, a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodie | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting story- I had a difficult time keeping all the characters straight. I liked Red Tent better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/16/2014

    " Anita Diamant's The Red Tent was one of the outstanding books of my lifetime -- it's surely in my all time top 15. I rather think that is why I judge her other books "not quite". Day after Night is the story of Jewish women who are being held in a refugee camp in Palestine just after the end of WWII. They've come from a variety of backgrounds and countries and experiences yet find a common bond and a commonality in the camp. It's well done, quite well done, in fact. And I thought it a lot better better than Diamant's Dogtown...but I'm left disappointed...it's no Red Tent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/15/2014

    " Based on a true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit interment camp, the story was fascinating. I had no idea. The story drug a bit for me, but I could not stop reading the book. Everyone should know this story.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Ireland | 1/4/2014

    " This book left me wanting more, not because it was so good the whole time but because the ending was just getting good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 12/25/2013

    " Absolutely phenomenal, I liked it better than the Red Tent. She presented a post-WWII perspective I was unfamiliar with, and I felt like I really knew her characters by the end. So glad I picked this one up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alys | 12/16/2013

    " More great writing from Anita Diamant (The Last Days of Dogtown, The Red Tent). Wonderfully imagined characters, set in the real-life story of the October 1945 rescue from the Atlit internment camp in Haifa. A story full of hope, perseverance and richness of character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/1/2013

    " It richness is in its simplicity. The reader isn't forced to relive the horrors of the holocaust but gains insight and perspective from the subtle way Diamant describes the common and the ordinary in the lives of the detainees in Atlit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 11/17/2013

    " loved it! Made me curious to find out more about Atlit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian Goldberg | 11/8/2013

    " Characters never gelled; could not remember who was who. Gave up towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 10/3/2013

    " A great book. I was disappointed to learn how England and the US treated the people freeded from the concentration camps at the end of WW II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Stoner | 8/20/2013

    " Audio version. Dagmara Dominczyk does a wonderful of job of portraying many voices in many accents. The subject, internment of Jewish refugees in Palestine by the British after the war, is one Iknew little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marsha | 6/13/2013

    " Wish I could give it 4.5 stars. Based on a true story about 4 Holocaust survivors who meet in a British detention camp and their journey to settle in what became Israel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth Roselli | 1/23/2013

    " I was inspired by these women's stories. The courage and determination that they had to have made it through all that they went through made this an extremely good read. High recommendations. Read it for our book club and am hoping that others read it and our talk will be of interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/5/2013

    " Unfortunately, this was nowhere near as good as "The Red Tent," which I absolutely loved. I didn't connect with any of the characters and ended up not caring what happened to any of them. Skip this one and read "The Red Tent" instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Shields | 10/20/2012

    " Very good novel about the post WWII Jewish refugees who made it to Palestine. I enjoyed learning each new thing about the girls and what made them tick. We will discuss at book club tonight. I made some hamentaschen to share. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 9/24/2012

    " After surviving the Holocaust, 4 women meet in Atlit internment camp. Based on a true story, they are haunted by the past and struggle to begin again in a strange new country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annalie | 9/16/2012

    " Beautifully written and engaging; I became completely involved in the story and the characters from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/5/2012

    " Since I listened to the audio version I'm sure it gives a different feel from the book. I liked this story. The author gave each character depth. I wanted to grow w/ each character as they bonded w/ eachother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 8/19/2012

    " I was not aware that the British put concentration camp survivors in interment camps. Would like to know more about this. Book didn't really explain the whys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 3/29/2012

    " Not as good as The Red Tent, but still very good. Makes me want to learn more about what happened to people after WWII - and who helped and didn't help. Very interesting premise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maigh | 11/7/2011

    " Not as fabulous and dreamy as her other books but a beautiful and heartbreaking series of stories nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Bates | 10/19/2011

    " Liked it better than Red Tent, but it did leave me wanting a little more. More about what happened previously, but especially after. The epilogue could have been a book itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Johnson | 10/16/2011

    " This book is an amazing read and really puts you into the heart of the story about young women who are stuck in a refugee camp after WWII in Israel. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri *Wannabe Rock Chick* | 9/21/2011

    " Heartbreaking read but also hard to put down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/30/2011

    " listening to this as I putter around my house. Not finding it riveting, but it's a good story, so perfect for my half-attention purposes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 6/25/2011

    " Could not put this book down. Diamant is a master writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/8/2011

    " Great read! The character and courage of these women during these times were amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/2/2011

    " As I'm sure all of the reviewers have said: not as good as The Red Tent, but it's Anita Diamant, so the writing is still lovely and the story powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckie | 5/31/2011

    " I had no idea so many of the Jews were kept in camps in Israel when they tried to resettle. Hard to believe they could be treated so poorly after WWII and all that they had been through. A further glance into the history of the Jews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 5/18/2011

    " This has been one of my absolute favorite books I've read in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miette | 5/14/2011

    " A part of history I knew nothing about so I really enjoyed learning about it, as well as getting to know a cast of diverse characters. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She currently lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.