Los Angeles Times A Soulful Link to a Family and Faith Laurel Maury
"A Day of Small Beginnings, Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum's breathtaking debut, is a love story - between a ghost and a Jewish family whose patriarch fled Poland for America..."
The Forward An Eastern European 'Exodus'" Irina Reyn
"I think our ghosts are everywhere, all the time," a young Polish man tells a visiting American Jew in Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum's deeply heartfelt first novel..."
The San Francisco Chronicle Help from Dead Brings Faith Back to Jewish Family Christine Thomas
"...The amalgam of place, solid characters, mystery and the extramundane, anchored by the weight of history and religion, results in a formidable story that convincingly argues that "the past does not leave us. And we do not leave the past."
"This brilliant debut novel opens in 1906 in the small Polish town of Zokof,...Filled with folklore, ritual, mysticism, scholarship, and good storytelling, this book of three generations of a Jewish family is one to savor. Recommended for all libraries."
"...She packs a lot of history, recent and otherwise, into this luminous tale, as well as joy in the arts and in prayer."
Book of the Month Club
"...Part Everything is Illuminated, part The Mercy of Thin Air, this intelligent and ultimately poignant debut will keep you flipping pages long after you should be in bed. We should all have a guardian spirit like Freidl - funny, unforgettable, and determined not to let us forget where we come from."