Carefully and generously layered, Roitman’s novel,
outwardly labelled as a literary thriller, is a powerful story
of a daughter dealing with her mother’s death while reckoning
with a family past so traumatic its truth is haunted by history.
Sharon Morrisey, Montreal Review of Books, Summer 2022
Once you turn the final page of Gina Roitman’s DON’T ASK, there’s a good chance
you’ll remain sitting in place, reflecting on the story you’ve just read...
Roitman’s unique accomplishment is to create a Holocaust novel with two compelling
mysteries and a love story at its core…I’d be surprised if DON’T ASK doesn’t
become a book club favorite. I recommend it without reservation. Fact is,
I can’t get it out of my head.
Michael Libling, Hollywood North
Don’t Ask is (Roitman’s) first novel, and she steps into the form with assurance.
She knows when and how to deploy the details that speak volumes about a character
…and how to place those details within a narrative that conveys the sweep of history.
Holocaust fiction is a genre unto itself, but Roitman has found a new way into the
subject, channeling its horror and ultimately offering a way forward.
Ian McGillis, The Montreal Gazette June 11, 2022
…such a fine book. Rokhl’s story, in particular, broke my heart, but it needed telling.
Sometimes it falls on us as writers to do what society at large doesn’t do. To tell.
You’ve done your duty well with this book.
Rona Altrows, At This Juncture
I've just finished reading Don't Ask and enjoyed
it immensely. I couldn't put it down and found it very moving.
Rita Pomade, Seeker, a Sea Odyssey
This mesmerizing, often suspenseful, emotionally rich novel explores the scars carried
by Holocaust survivors and how these scars, often unexpressed, are felt by their children.
Yet, out of this pain, Hannah finds her way to love and hope for a better future.
Irene Witting, All That Lingers
Harrowing and yet entertaining, Gina Roitman’s beautifully written novel kept me reading
until the end. What a story. She played to the full scale of my emotions - ranging from
sadness (and yes, horror) to joy, and empathy for her protagonist. Gina blends an
intriguing contemporary love story with a mind-bending mystery and historical first-person
accounts of the Holocaust.
Christine Potter, The Choirboy and the Bellydancer
This is a powerful, painful and beautiful tale... Beautifully woven through the story
are the issues of redemption for the German people and forgiveness by the Jews.
Rachel Miller, co-author of Diagnosis: Schizophrenia
Don’t Ask is a captivating and beautifully written thriller that intertwines history,
family drama and a love story. Just loved this book!
Congratulations on such a riveting and empathetic story.
Dr. Susan Eischeid, Valdosta State University