Second Hand Smoke

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Praise for Second Hand Smoke:

  • "In Second Hand Smoke, Thane Rosenbaum continues, with tact and talent, his quest for the rediscovery of a vanished world and its haunted wanderers."

    —Elie Wiesel

  • "Chilling and mesmerizing. An altogether gripping tale of the seemingly endless consequences of the Holocaust."

    —Chaim Potok

  • "Second Hand Smoke is written with passion and energy, penetrating into the roots of Jewish existence. This book is not to be easily forgotten."

    —Aharon Appelfeld

  • "As deadly on target as its title. Thane Rosenbaum's literary voice is singular, alluring, and important.

    Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of —Hitler's Willing Executioners

  • A fine and bristling family saga.

    —Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  • "Quite extraordinary. . . Larger than life, but true to life."

    —New York Times Book Review

  • "Second Hand Smoke is a sharply arresting novel, full of bite, as disquieting its subject."

    —Los Angeles Times

  • "A fierce, poignant and mordantly funny novel."

    —Booklist (starred review)

  • "A gauntlet of a novel. Thane Rosenbaum proves himself a novelist of extraordinary passion and imaginative resources."

    —The Oregonian

  • Second Hand Smoke reads like a thriller.


  • "An expansive, challenging novel. . . Vivid, colorful, singular."

    —Boston Globe

  • "Second Hand Smoke is superb, if deeply disturbing, writing."

    —Wall Street Journal