Pregnant with her first child and a recent convert to Judaism, artist Kali Miller at last understands the joy of being part of a loving family. But Kali must put her cosseted life on hold to care for her ninety-three-year-old non-Jewish grandmother who has inexplicably lit dozens of sacred Yahrzeit Memorial candles throughout her decaying Miami Beach home, almost burning it down.
Kali probes her enigmatic grandmother, Lillian, for an explanation and information about her roots, but Lillian becomes increasingly paranoid. She believes that someone from her past has found her and a painting she has hidden for over seventy years—a painting Lillian associates with her inadvertent role in one of the most horrendous episodes in history.
Plagued with nightmares, guilt, and terrifying memories of her life in 1930s Berlin, Lillian reveals cryptic details to Kali. But only when Kali discovers her grandmother’s secrets in the old house’s hidden rooms does the full truth finally emerge. A truth that, if exposed, will have devastating consequences for Kali, her unborn child, and perhaps even the world.
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