"At a time when there are increasingly fewer witnesses
to tell the youngest generation about the Shoah, it is important that there
be ways of conveying the facts without either sugarcoating them or making
them impossible for the young to assimilate. … Esther Erman brings the past
to life in an accessible way. … She brings to life the relationship between
three generations of women who are familiar to all of us. … This is a story
that rings true, especially to those who grew up with or near survivors.
… This is a novel that would…be welcome in any library to give insight into
the Holocaust and survivor generation.
-- Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter,
V. XXIII, No. 2 (Nov/Dec, 2003).
"Full of rich and often painful Jewish history,...folklore
and...customs. ... Convincing and absorbing in its details of Jewish life,
this story makes for fascinating reading."
-- Romantic Times Bookclub
"Just One is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. This fictionalized
account of a true life story takes you right into the home of a young
family making a new start in America after the horror of the Holocaust.
Young Esther wants so badly to fit in with her classmates; her mother
needs to cope with tragedies that readers cannot begin to imagine.
There is much Holocaust literature available
but this stands apart in its spiritual side as Esther finds comfort
in the presence of her grandmother, for whom she is named. It is beautifully
written -- you'll swear that you can smell the cooking -- and emotionally
honest. Children of survivors will recognize themselves in Esther Erman's
I recommend this powerful book. It is at
times brutally hard to read, but always gripping, and ultimately there
is a sense of survival, achievement, and victory."
-- J.N., New Jersey
"... how deeply moved I was to read your book. It has been a
long time since I have been truly captivated by a novel. ... You truly
are the keeper of [your mother’s] stories on many levels and honor her
by so beautifully retelling them."
-- R.S., social worker, Florida
"Just One is such a beautiful book. I dampened so many pages
with tears. Your writing is beautiful."
-- M.D., California
"This isn't the type of book I would normally pick off a shelf
because I don't like historicals. I like science fiction mostly. I'm
glad I read it. I would tell my friends to read this book. I liked
it so much that I made time to read it."
-- S.F., 13 years old, California
"I just want you to know how much I'm enjoying your book. ...
There are many books I've begun and not continued to read, but yours
keeps pulling me."
"I loved it. Both my husband’s parents are sole survivors of
their respective families, and it helped me better understand them."
-- M.K., California