Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Holocaust, Identity, Family, Forgiveness, Healing, Happiness
Sixteen-year-old Edith experienced the unimaginable for many of us, the Holocaust. She had encounters with the intimating Dr. Mengele, tragically watched her family split apart, and barely survive.
As Dr. Edith Eger tells her story from her sixteen-year-old self to her adult self, she shares her journey of healing and of those she has helped in her psychology profession.
I was very fortunate enough to have received a physical copy of this book from Penguin Random House UK. From the moment I read the description, I knew I had to read Ms. Edith Eger’s story.
When I first began reading, I was expecting a Holocaust survivor story. However, what I got was so much more. This isn’t a story solely based during the Holocaust, but one in which the reader follows the author on her journey to healing and forgiveness.
Due to this being a memoir, the reader really gets to know the author. I truly appreciated how open Eger was while telling her story. She told her time right before entering the concentration camps, during her time there, moving to America, starting a family, and some sessions she had with her patients. However, the latter statement doesn’t really capture the process of healing and forgiveness the author experiences. The reader can actually feel the shift when Eger changes and is able to face her past. Facing her past wasn’t something that came easy to her, but she eventually got there with the support of her husband and her clients.
During the moments in which Eger struggled with her past, as an adult, it was easy to sympathize with her. She’s the type of person that you wish to connect with and has such a positive light surrounding her. Through her writing, it was also clear to see that she’s one who will admit to her mistakes and learn from them.
An aspect that I absolutely loved was how reflective Eger, especially during sessions with her clients. She included sessions that not really could be relatable to many, but relatable to her. Some were really heartbreaking to read, but realistic, and had a purpose in Eger’s life and her story.
The only part that perhaps could be improved were the snippets that felt rushed. When the author wanted to reach a certain part of her life journey, she tended to rush past other parts. These were compiled into a string of sentences where life events were briefly mentioned. For these brief moments, I was pulled out of the text. However, once Eger reached the next part of her life, the pace picked right back up.
Overall, The Choice was a memoir that I felt privileged to experience and truly appreciated being given the chance to read.
I highly recommend this read to anyone who would like to dive deep into someone’s survival and healing after the Holocaust.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
51 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!