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Meet the author: Q&A with local author on family inspired fictional tale ‘Hands of Gold’

Roni Robbins has been a professional writer for 35 years, but her first novel “Hands of Gold,” draws from her family’s real-life experience and flight from anti-Semitism before the height of the Holocaust. “Hands of Gold” is a work of fiction, but Robbins pulls from the original cassette tapes left by her maternal grandfather, who survived tuberculosis, a workplace shooting… Read More »Meet the author: Q&A with local author on family inspired fictional tale ‘Hands of Gold’

Roni Robbins’ “Hands of Gold” explores and celebrates one man’s soul

At the suggestion of his daughter, nursing home resident Sam Fox records his life story. “Now where to being with this taping for Eliza? I was a decent man, I suppose.” In that “I suppose,” author/journalist Roni Robbins sets in motion the engaging but unreliable narrator in Hands of Gold, subtitled One Man’s Ouest to the Find the Silver Lining… Read More »Roni Robbins’ “Hands of Gold” explores and celebrates one man’s soul

Robbins Recounts Her Grandfather’s ‘Hands of Gold’

The struggles encountered by Samuel and Hannah in “Hands of Gold” were a product of the times, making it out of Hungary and landing in Canada before sneaking across the border to New York in the early 1900s. Granted, we have struggles of our own in these more modern times, but nothing like what Samuel and Hannah experienced. The constant… Read More »Robbins Recounts Her Grandfather’s ‘Hands of Gold’

Robbins’ New Novel Finds Silver Lining in Misfortune

Roni Robbins new novel was inspired by her grandfather’s recorded memories that weave together a family’s history over much of the last hundred years. Twenty-seven years ago, Roni Robbins inherited a well-worn cardboard box with ten audio tape cassette recordings of her grandfather, Simon Farkas. These tapes contained reminiscences of Farkas’s long life, told over a two-year period, before he… Read More »Robbins’ New Novel Finds Silver Lining in Misfortune