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Book review: Living Legacies Volume III, edited by Liz Pearl

Reviewed by Marilyn Herbert

When you’re on to a good thing, it is wise to keep going. Liz Pearl has not only done that, but she has maintained the richness in this third volume of Living Legacies: A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women. With each book and each personal story, I find myself ever more deeply engrossed in the common themes of identity and relationships.

Many of the stories in Volume I inspired readers from the inside out as they dealt with individual development. In the second book, the stories came more predominantly from the perspective of the generations of women who were confident in their identity and were ready to pass their knowledge along to their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends. In the current collection of stories, many of the tales focus on the connections of women to the outer fabric of their culture and/or religion. An interesting feature of this gathering of thoughts by Canadian Jewish women is that some were born outside of Canada, yet the “Canadian” part of their Jewish identity is clear in every narrative.