Sydney Avey writes about ordinary people who muster faith and courage to step over uncertainty and continue the journey. Her novels invite compassion for the stumbles of the past and offer hope for the future, if only a glimmer.
Sydney Avey is the author of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter,The Lyre and the Lambs and The Trials of Nellie Belle, in which she tells the story of the great grandmother she never knew. Reputed to be the first female court reporter in the Pacific Northwest, she left a legacy of short stories about life in the West during the progressive era, where justice was swift and common sense overruled.
Avey’s poetry, short stories and articles have appeared in Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, Ruminate and MTL Magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival as well as many other conferences and seminars.
Fans describe her writing as having ”an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts,” with an “impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development” that “paint(s) a lovely word picture.”
Avey has an artist’s gift for using strong visual language, and a counselor’s gift for describing the conditions of her characters’ hearts. – Jan, goodreads
I found Avey’s descriptions delightful and not contrived – clear, real, and vivid – Susan, Goodreads
Sydney Avey’s impeccable grasp of structure, pacing and character development is what separates The Sheep Walker’s Daughter from the average debut novel. – Calder Lowe, Goodreads
The 60's were a time of change in America . Sydney Avery is able to capture that change and spill it out onto the pages of her novel. – Karen, Goodreads
It left me satisfied with a good wrap up. I hope to see more work from Sydney Avey – Heather, Goodreads
I thoroughly enjoy this author’s use of colorful and descriptive language.- Shari, Goodreads
I found myself rereading passages just to hear the way the words blended together to paint a wonderful word picture. Sydney Avey has a real gift for creating such wonderful imagery with her words. Avey is gifted in her ability to take many plot lines and weave them together into a wonderful story. – Shari, Goodreads
Series - It was a fascinating book and I was sorry to finish it. However the story continues into the 1960's in The Lyre And The Lambs - so pick up both books, and settle down for a nostalgic read! – Julia, Goodreads
I highly recommend these novels.- The Rt. Rev. Douglas B. Weiss
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.