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Among the Branded by [Smolkin, Linda]
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About the Author

Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an advertising agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s the author of the novels Among the Branded (May 2017) and The Arrival of Elsa (March 2018). When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Linda Smolkin (2 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe that this is Smolkin’s debut novel. 17 May 2017
By David Styles - Published on Amazon.com
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Off the top of my head, I can only think of one other debut novel that made me seriously wonder if the author had been practicing writing books under a pen-name for years first, before “coming out” as a novelist with a “debut” novel under presumably their own name.

This book is a brilliantly woven story from start to finish, and the quality of the writing is utterly top-tier.

In the category of characterization, every character is believable to the point of unreasonable authenticity; one could be forgiven for mistaking this for a memoir, on account of its credibility of characters, plot, and dialogue.

It’s a rare author that can handle all three of those things well; many, perhaps the majority, fall down in one or more of those areas. Not so in this case.

Everything is easy-reading in terms of its flow, but nothing is oversimplified. There are no long flowery descriptions, yet scenes come alive by themselves all the same. There are no Jane-Eyre-on-the-moors scenes of emotion, yet one could imagine this getting a film adaptation under Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Director: Amélie, Un long dimanche de fiançailles, and such).

This book has occasional words and phrases in non-English languages, and unlike in many books, this isn’t screwed up (worst crime here being clearly a typing error, “Sonderkraftfahzeug” rather than “Sonderkraftfahrzeug”). One of the main characters is Russian, and she manages to get in quite a lot of little snippets of Russian into her conversations, without descending into Poirotism. In fact, her use of Russian in English is, upon reflection, very well analogous to my use of occasional English in French; things where the translation just doesn’t go so well, and the meaning is clear from context in any case. I was also very pleased to see Sveta (the Russian character) making only the most natural of language errors; a lot of writers mess up and give characters errors that a native speaker of that language wouldn’t make. This may seem like a minor thing, but to me it really adds a huge amount of authenticity when an author does it well.

In short, an expertly written book that I’d highly recommend to, well, pretty much anyone who enjoys reading books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and life affirming 15 May 2017
By Purple - Published on Amazon.com
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Poignant, sweet, and engaging, this novel and its characters will carry you along as they learn from one another about life, choices, and integrity. Heartwarming and life affirming, the novel explores the Holocaust and its enduring impact on families today. Centering around one modern family and one Holocaust survivor, the novel explores their daily lives while revealing the gut wrenching decisions made in crisis during WWII. No earth shattering action or shocking plot twists, but a page turning story regardless. The characters are confronted with modern antisemitism; the protagonist's decisions regarding how to cope with these destructive views is a wonderful lesson for us all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 15 May 2017
By Archie - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent story line and well written. A book that attracts the reader right from start till the end. Stephaine, an advertising executive bought some letters from world war II at the 1940’s fair thinking those must be some love letters that she could use to improve design at work, but one of those letters touched her and she was on the mission to find if the family member was still alive.
The book has a strong message of friendship, family, beliefs and the right thing to do. The conflict with our own self and self discovery is what is the highlight. It’s a kind of plot that makes you think after you finish the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the Branded- Beautiful Story based on Lessons of Life 3 May 2017
By Sheryl - Published on Amazon.com
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Among the Branded is a beautiful story based on life lessons, maturity, relationship and making the right life choices. The book would benefit every reader in a positive way and teach him or her how to live a quality life in this fast paced life. However, the strong point of the book is it's beautiful story that makes the reader engrossed and enjoy. Highly recommended read!
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story About Self-Discovery 6 May 2017
By Mariah B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Linda Smolkin's "Among The Branded" starts out with Stephanie, our main character, going to a 1940's fair with her husband and younger son. Out of curiosity, she purchases some old letters from World War 2, thinking that they were old, sweet love letters from hopeful wives at home. But, as it turns out, one of the letters that stand out to her was from a family in France that were being held in a concentration camp. Determined to find out if the family ever made it out alive, Stephanie finds out that one of the children of the family, Izzy, is still alive! On top of that, he lives within hours of her! I really took a liking to Stephanie and Izzy throughout the book. This is another book I recently read that made me actually feel for characters in the book. Either writers are getting better or I have just gotten ahold of some great books! I think the book was very well written and it has a great story behind it; do you have a story you feel the need to share?
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