HostageLarge Print - 2012
It's 1975, and Shaltiel Feigenberg -- professional storyteller, writer and beloved husband -- has been abducted from his home in Brooklyn, blindfolded and tied to a chair in a dark basement. His captors, an Arab and an Italian, don't explain why he was chosen, just that his life will be bartered for the freedom of three Palestinian prisoners. As his days of waiting commence, Shaltiel resorts to what he does best, telling stories -- to himself and to the men who hold his fate in their hands.
A Communist brother, a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis in a cellar, the kindness of liberating Russian soldiers, the unrest of the 1960s -- these are the stories that unfold in Shaltiel's captivity, as the outside world breathlessly follows his disappearance and the police move toward a final confrontation with his captors.
Wiesel's] terse first-person, present-tense narrative will hold readers . . . With the intense contemporary action, the prisoner's memories also bring close the sweep of Jewish history, including persecution and survival. - Booklist