Have you ever been in a situation where you want to do a good job at something to impress someone? A situation where you make decisions based on how another person will react…if so, you are either the protagonist in the novel Life in A Box or you’re in an abusive relationship. Don’t get me wrong – wanting to do something to make your parents, your family, your loved ones proud is great – it becomes wrong when you stay in a job or situation that is potentially life-threatening. The saddest part is that there are several reasons we stay in those situations – we feel we have no other choice, to protect someone we love, etc. Sometimes it happens because we’re taught from a young age that certain people and events are acceptable, and as we grow older we refuse to acknowledge that these people have flaws, that these events are wrong. This of course, is unless we are forced by something outside of our control to look at our past, and at what we know of ourself and our loved ones.
If we are lucky, we are guided on this journey inward by loved ones who have been through a similar one. However, a few of us are forced to go through this experience, virtually alone – we have friends to provide support, encouragement, but they are able to go to their own homes and temporarily forget about everything that is going on. Sometimes these friends become closer to us, and sometimes they discover they have to take their own inner journey. This is exactly the situation that Eva Brown – the protagonist from Life in A Box finds herself after the death of her parents in a car crash.
After the car crash, Eva decides to stay in her childhood home – why wouldn’t she? She had an idyllic childhood relationship with her devoted father, sure her mother wasn’t around much – but daddy certainly made up for it. One night when Eva had trouble sleeping she decides to go through some boxes in the basement – while going through them she notices that some are labeled with the name Ethel and figures that her parents were storing some items for a family friend. She also receives a phone call at her home for a woman named Sonia Schwartz, which confuses her as she doesn’t recognize the name. At first, she figures it’s a wrong number – but soon a check arrives in the mail for this Sonia Schwartz. Some of us would simply toss the envelope and move on with our lives, while there are a select few, who like Eva, that has an innate sense of both curiosity and rightness, for lack of a better word. She becomes determined to find Sonia, so she can deliver the check.
This determination ends up changing everything that Eva thought she knew about both herself and her parents, even who they actually are in relation to her. She learns that her mother was Jewish and that her father had an extremely violent past and was a neo-Nazi. She also learns a few other things about her life, but if I tell anymore then you’ll have no need to go read the story yourself.
Now, why would you want to do that, you may be asking yourself? My reply would simply be this – where else can you find a story that has both romance and mystery, while still touching on topics that still affect the world today? If this book intrigues you, please go purcase it at the following linkhttps://www.amazon.com/Life-Box-Einat-Lifshitz-Shem-Tov-ebook/dp/B074HGLK3L to learn more about Eva and her life.
I received a digital copy of this book via Tomoson for the purpose of a review, and honest feedback.