“Like Finding My Twin”: Fern Schumer Chapman’s literary connection with her mother’s past

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(Gussie Rose Press)

Rick Kogan visits with author Fern Schumer Chapman, who talks about her three books that detail her mother’s journey (and her own) back to the German town she grew up in during WWII.

Motherland features Chapman’s reluctant trip with her mother, a holocaust survivor, back to the German village of her youth; Is It Night or Day? provides a fictionalized account of the young Edith Westerfeld’s migration to America following an escape from the Nazis and Like Finding My Twin is the true story of an Illinois eighth-grade class that made a project out of reuniting Edith and a long-lost friend 73 years after their trek across the pond.