Bociany by Chava Rosenfarb
A novel on life in a Jewish village in pre-World War II Poland, tracing relations with the surrounding Christians. The main characters are a soft-spoken man, his wife, and her crafty mother. A prequel to Of Lodz and Love.
Rosenfarb brings a vanished world to life, following the destinies of characters from the Polish town of Bociany as they grow up, grow old, and leave the shtetl for the city.