About the Author

About the Author

Fathers Children book by author dr Renee Karp

Dr. Renee Karp

My love of reading has always been a great part of who I am. In a real sense, literature has been my life. I received my Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from McGill University in 1982. Additionally, I have taught literature at the college level for over thirty-five years. Inspiring students to learn about the world-past and present- through the work of great writers from diverse backgrounds remains my passion. Fathers” Children is my first novel. I knew that I was going to write it from the age of five when my late father charged me with the task of  “telling” the world about the unprecedented tragedy which had befallen not only the Jews during the Holocaust, but all decent human beings who were degraded, brutalized, and massacred with the rise of Fascism. 

My late father never wavered in his belief that I would do this; he inspired me to work hard, to study, to write and to fulfill this “mission.” Quite a heavy task to impose on a child, one may argue. But one which I embraced willingly and enthusiastically. And even now, as I teach and write and see how great literature motivates and empowers my students and my readers, I am more committed than ever to chronicle the stories of those who faced the injustices of the past. A writer must give voice to the voiceless! I sincerely hope that you find much that is meaningful in Fathers’ Children. Although this novel is set during the darkest hour of human history, it is, ultimately, a hopeful, positive novel. The love, the compassion, the strength, and the values of decency and integrity which we learn from our fathers and mothers-no matter our culture of origin- sustain us and give us the foundation upon which to construct fulfilling lives.