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Book Talk: Kelly Rimmer
Thu 13 May at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bestselling Australian author, Kelly Rimmer has recently penned, The Warsaw Orphan. The Warsaw Orphan enthrals readers with authentically woven moral dilemmas, complications and unavoidable truths of war.
In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. But she has no idea what goes on behind the walls of the Jewish Ghetto nearby until she makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.
Elzbieta comes face to face with the plight of the Gorka family who must give up their newborn daughter – or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs in him a rebellion not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. His recklessness puts their families in harm’s way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.
The Warsaw Orphan’s heroine, Elzbieta Rabinek was inspired by the real-life heroine, Irena Sendlerowa who smuggled thousands of Jewish children to safety during WWII. Irena was a social worker in Warsaw and a member of Zegota, a secret organisation set up by the Polish government in exile in London in the second world war to rescue Polish Jews, she was nominated for a Nobel peace prize in 2007.
The Warsaw Orphan is Kelly’s most meticulously researched, compelling and emotional novel to date. Her family history saw her travel to Poland to research, which Kelly still says is ‘one of the best things she has ever done in her life’. She spent several weeks in Poland and her research had a profound affect on her, inspiring her writing, Kelly says the best fiction always contains threads of the personal.
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