This month, the U.S. Catholic Book Club is reading Four Scraps of Bread by Magda Hollander-Lafon. Emily Sanna, associate editor of U.S. Catholic says, “The book’s reflections, prose meditations, and poetry offer ways to experience alongside Hollander-Lafon her lived experience, both in the death camp and in the Holocaust’s aftermath, as she, despite all odds, lives through Auschwitz’s atrocities and builds a new life after the war. Her book shows the beauty, hope, and presence of God while not flinching from an open-eyed portrayal of the worst violence and brutality that humans are capable of inflicting on each other.”
For many years, Magda Hollander-Lafon has shared her experiences with thousands of high-school students. First published in French in 2012 as Quatre petits bouts de pain, Hollander-Lafon’s book has won two prestigious literary awards in France, including the 2012 Panorama-La Procure prize for books on spirituality. It has been translated into seven languages, including this English edition, which received the 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award, Second Place in Ecumenism or Interfaith Relations.
To read along with this month’s U.S. Catholic Book Club selection, you can purchase your copy of Four Scraps of Bread here.