Bestselling creator Mitch Albom — identified for the wildly profitable “Tuesdays with Morrie” and different iconic books — began a brand new novel a number of years set partly through the Holocaust, known as “The Little Liar.”
He had no concept, in fact, that on Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists would launch an unprecedented assault in opposition to Israel and the Israeli folks — viciously killing over 1,200 folks, largely civilians, and taking some 240 harmless folks hostage. Most of these folks stay captives greater than six weeks for the reason that assault.
“I started the book two years ago, so I can’t take any credit for the timeliness of the book now,” Albom informed Fox News Digital in an interview through electronic mail throughout his travels over the previous few weeks as his new novel was popping out.
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“However,” said Albom, “I’ve been hearing from many people about how important this particular topic is during this troubling time.”
And “I believe the idea of hate, violence and deceptions involving such things is always a timely topic,” he said — “but perhaps even more so now.”
The new book is inspired by what actually happened to 50,000 Jewish people living in Greece during the Holocaust.
Albom is an author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist (@MitchAlbom). Four of his books — including “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” “For One More Day” and “Have a Little Faith” — were made into acclaimed TV movies.
A resident of Detroit along with his wife, Janine, Albom is active in the world of philanthropy. He’s founded nine charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever 24-hour medical clinic to help homeless children in America, his team shared with Fox News Digital.
He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which he visits every single month “without exception.”
The Nazis created a cruel ruse to give the child a chance to save his family as scores of innocent people are taken off in boxcars to concentration camps.
Fox News Digital asked Albom about the inspiration for “The Little Liar.” Its central character is an 11-year-old boy, Nico, who never told a lie in his life until the Nazis invaded his home in Salonika, Greece.
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The story details how the Nazis created a cruel ruse to give the child a chance to save his family as scores of innocent people are taken off in boxcars to concentration camps — but things don’t quite play out as the boy thought.
Said Albom, “In all my books since ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,’ there all the time appears to be a small slice of my visits with Morrie that finds its means into the theme of the guide. In this case, it was forgiveness. Morrie as soon as informed me close to his dying that I ought to ‘forgive everyone everything, and then forgive myself.’ It was a robust factor to listen to.”
Albom added that he “always wanted to write a book in which seeking forgiveness for the worst thing you ever did was a theme. I also wanted to deal with the topics of truth and deception — and how deep a price we pay when we lose the precious value of telling the truth.”
He stated, “All of this combined into a story about an 11-year-old boy who had never lied before in his life — and who is tricked by the Nazis into telling the first and worst lie of his life.”
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Albom identified the profound and huge variations between writing nonfiction and fiction.
“What I often say is, in writing nonfiction, you might be telling a story and say, ‘This would be so much more interesting if he had a twin brother.’ But you can’t do that, obviously, because it’s not factual.”
But “in a novel, you can say, ‘This would be more interesting if he had a twin brother’ — and then you say to yourself, ‘Hey I can give him a twin brother!’ That’s the good part. The bad part is five minutes later, a voice in your head says, ‘Maybe he should have a twin sister?’ And that’s the difference.”
In writing nonfiction, stated Albom, “you are bound by the facts, which can be limiting. In fiction, you are bound by nothing, which can be paralyzing!”
How profound was it and is it for Albom to have written and revealed this guide, “The Little Liar,” now, because the Israel-Hamas battle stretches into its forty fifth day — and as protests and counter-protests proceed to erupt all around the world associated to Israel’s continued wrestle for existence?
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“I want to stress that while the book, in its first third, is set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, it is not a typical Holocaust book,” stated Albom.
“It doesn’t begin with Jews being loaded into concentration camps and end with liberation. It follows the life of a family before the war, during the war, and 40 years after. And most importantly, it never gives up hope,” he added.
“Hope is a very important message. I try to stress it in every one of my books.”
“The little boy who told the lie, Nico, lives in hope of one day being forgiven for what he did. A little girl who’s always been in love with him, whose name is Fanny, never gives up hope of finding him one day to tell him that she didn’t blame him.”
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Said Albom, “And even though it takes decades, that hope is ultimately at the pinnacle of the book.”
He continued, “Hope is a very important message. I try to stress it in every one of my books. And especially in this difficult time, with the difficult circumstances — retaining hope is critical.”
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“The Little Liar,” published by HarperCollins on Nov. 14, 2023, is Albom’s first novel set during the Holocaust.
Publisher Weekly said the novel comprises “a weighty examination of the Nazis’ lies and their lingering consequences.”
The Associated Press said in its review of the book, “Mitch Albom’s books typically seize the zeitgeist, however his new novel concerning the destiny of Greek Jews throughout World War II packs a specific punch within the wake of the terrorist assaults in Israel on Oct. 7.”
Albom’s guide is already ranked No. 1 within the Jewish literature and fiction class on Amazon, in addition to No. 1 within the World War II historic fiction class.
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