Second Hand Smoke

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Praise for Second Hand Smoke:

“In Second Hand Smoke, Thane Rosenbaum continues, with tact and talent, his quest for the rediscovery of a vanished world and its haunted wanderers.”

—Elie Wiesel

“Chilling and mesmerizing. An altogether gripping tale of the seemingly endless consequences of the Holocaust.”

—Chaim Potok

Second Hand Smoke is written with passion and energy, penetrating into the roots of Jewish existence. This book is not to be easily forgotten.”

—Aharon Appelfeld

“As deadly on target as its title. Thane Rosenbaum’s literary voice is singular, alluring, and important.

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of —Hitler’s Willing Executioners

A fine and bristling family saga.

—Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

“Quite extraordinary. . . Larger than life, but true to life.”

—New York Times Book Review

Second Hand Smoke is a sharply arresting novel, full of bite, as disquieting its subject.”

—Los Angeles Times

“A fierce, poignant and mordantly funny novel.”

—Booklist (starred review)

“A gauntlet of a novel. Thane Rosenbaum proves himself a novelist of extraordinary passion and imaginative resources.”

—The Oregonian

Second Hand Smoke reads like a thriller.


“An expansive, challenging novel. . . Vivid, colorful, singular.”

—Boston Globe

Second Hand Smoke is superb, if deeply disturbing, writing.”

—Wall Street Journal