Award-Winning Fiction Novel Explores the Journey of an Immigrant Survivor
Roni Robbins’ debut novel, “Hands of Gold,” has captured the prestigious AMERICAN BOOK FEST 2023 International Book Awards in the category of multicultural fiction. Based loosely on a remarkable true story, the novel draws inspiration from cassette tapes left by the author’s maternal grandfather, Sam, who faced adversity, antisemitism, and embarked on an extraordinary journey to escape pre-Nazi Europe.
Receiving this esteemed book award places Robbins among a distinguished group of past laureates, including renowned figures such as Pope Francis, Amy Tan, and Julie Andrews. With over 500 winners and finalists in various categories, the International Book Awards recognizes outstanding contributions from authors worldwide.
“Hands of Gold” gained early recognition as a finalist in the family saga category of the American Fiction Awards and also made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for historical fiction. Published by Amsterdam Publishers, this captivating novel has continued to garner attention and accolades.
The narrative of “Hands of Gold” follows Sam Fox through four countries, spanning nine decades and five generations. Robbins skillfully weaves together Sam’s passionate love affair with Hannah and his gripping immigrant experiences. From a self-centered hustler to a dedicated family man, Sam’s journey exposes the fragility of life and showcases his remarkable resilience in the face of overwhelming odds.
Sam’s path takes readers on a historical journey through war-torn Europe, the Prohibition era, the Great Depression, labor union reforms, and the golden age of radio and television in America. Throughout these tumultuous times, Sam confronts numerous challenges, including battles with tuberculosis, the accidental killing of a man in a trolley collision, and the heartbreaking loss of a son to leukemia.
“Hands of Gold” unfolds with a profound secret, chronicling a past worth exploring and unearthing a cherished treasure that had long been buried. The story’s poignant beginning and ending in a nursing home provide the backdrop for a tale that transcends time, resonating with readers’ hearts.
Author Roni Robbins brings her extensive experience as a published writer to “Hands of Gold,” with 35 years of work in the field. As an editor/writer for Medscape/WebMD and former associate editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times/The Times of Israel, Robbins possesses a seasoned history as a staff reporter for various newspapers and a freelancer for national, regional, and online publications.
“Hands of Gold” is a testament to Robbins’ storytelling prowess and her ability to craft a deeply moving narrative that delves into the immigrant experience, survival, and enduring love. Through Sam’s captivating journey, readers are transported to a different time and place, immersing themselves in the joys, struggles, and triumphs of an extraordinary protagonist.
Robbins’ debut novel is a remarkable achievement that resonates with readers across cultures and generations. “Hands of Gold” is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It is a book that will leave a lasting impact, reminding us of the importance of resilience, love, and the pursuit of a better future.
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- Baker City Herald
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- CG Magazine
- Jewish Link
- Albert Lea Tribune
- Magnolia State Live
- The Vicksburg Post
- Port Arthur News
- LaGrange Daily News
- American Press
- The State Journal
- Picayune Item
- The Coastland Times
- Alexander City Outlook
- Daily Leader
- Austin Daily Herald