Globe Books Special
Jim Bartley’s Top 5
Globe and Mail, Saturday, November 27, 2010

In a Pale Blue Light
by Lily Poritz Miller (Sumach)

It’s best when a book sneaks up on you. Held by skilled
storytelling, you feel things gathering to an essence you can’t
yet identify, hidden in the totality of lives you’ve been
privileged to enter. Lily Poritz Miller’s tale of a Jewish
girlhood in 1940s Cape Town is a wonder of sleight-of-hand
synthesis and catharsis, seething with the intolerance of the
times, yet subtly and powerfully redemptive.