Talia Carner isn’t one of those novelists who began writing while still in grade school. Before turning to fiction, she lived a full life working for Redbook and as publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. Beyond her day jobs, she also taught entrepreneurial skills to Russian women, participated in the historic 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing, worked with African women on their campaign against clitoridectomy and Indian women on theirs against bride burning.
The realities she experienced and heard firsthand propelled her into fiction, into weaving novels about the abuse of Chinese orphans, the betrayal of molested children by US courts and the subjugation of women.
However, in her latest, The Boy with the Star Tattoo, she turns her masterful storytelling in a different direction, to Nazi-era France and Israel. The drama is unleashed by the wrenching decision of a French Jewish mother on the eve of World War II that has repercussions in Israel two decades later.
A 7th-generation Sabra born in Tel Aviv, Talia Carner is the author of five earlier novels.
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