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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Cultural Heritage
  • Language:English
  • Pages:262
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781734066807

The Girl with 35 Names

by DJ Colbert View author's profile page

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Overview Each of us has the ability to make a difference through the gifts we give. The mission of The Girl with 35 Names is all about giving back. To fulfill that promise our gift is to donate 100% of profits raised from the sale of the book to charity. Ever since that snowy Russian winter's night when she was born, Molly has longed to know the secret behind each of her 35 names. When Molly unearths a pair of time-worn spectacles in her garden, she is drawn into a mysterious realm of vivid, magical discoveries. Who are these women she is named for and what have they gifted her? What are those fantastic colors swirling around the people she sees and the young man she meets on her wedding day? Will she have enough time to learn all she is meant to before the soldiers of the Red Army invade her small village, exploding her world into chaos and war? Fearing for her safety, Molly must flee her family home and travel across the Atlantic to the strange and frozen New England town of Peabody. The power of the spectacles becomes Molly's connection and her hope in her new home, as they weave her once again into a world of wonder and tiny miracles that will change her life and the lives of her community forever.

Dear Reader,

Molly is the girl with 35 names, each one of them special and not one the same… but this book is not only about Molly, it is about you too. Before you begin reading Molly's story, take a moment to think about your name. Why was it chosen for you and what does it mean? Take a moment to think about where your family came from, and take another moment to consider your roots as far back as they might go. Think about how an ancestor's decision to immigrate has made a difference in the life you now lead. Think about the talents, values, and desires you have; might these have come from someone before your time? How have you been touched by someone you may never meet? When you do, you will discover how very special and unique each one of us is. We each have a story to tell. I have made this journey of discovery and that is how I came to write The Girl with 35 Names. The character of Molly is based on the life of my Grandmother Malkah who grew up in a small village in Russia. She was married to a man she first met on her wedding day and because of the war that came to her country, she was forced to emigrate and build a new life in America. Her strength and courage, her adaptability and endless optimism, her joy of giving to others as well as her deep and tender love of family, inspired me to write this narrative of her life. It is my hope that readers today will discover through Molly's experiences the joy of giving to others, and the importance of learning who we really are and where we come from. Together, let's make connections to our past and understand the impact these connections may have on our future. Molly's journey of self-discovery and sometimes magical experiences is one that mothers and daughters of all ages can relate to today. Her story celebrates women and the individuality of spirit that binds us all together. From tiny seeds miracles grow

About the author

   D.J. Colbert was born and raised in the Boston area of Massachusetts.  After college she moved with her husband Jeff to Southern California where she has enjoyed living for over 30 years.   Her home is filled with the products of her creativity, from watercolors to miniature houses and sculpture.  She loves yoga and pilates, dance and movement and music of all types, especially Spanish guitar.   She is an avid reader and is the author of many short stories, and has even illustrated a few.   An active participant in her community, she has been a founding member of two women's charitable giving circles that support health and the arts for children in the L.A. area.   DJ has two grown children and a sweet granddaughter named Brooke.   She is currently finishing the screenplay for The Girl witth35 Names, which is her first novel.

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Fantastic read Highly recommended. I am enjoying it and it is one of the favorites in my collection Read more
Enchanting story The Girl With 35 Names captures your attention since the first page. The story illuminates the value of our past generations and paint a real life story of real problems that occur in life. I highly recommend it, as I really enjoyed this read. Read more
Enjoyable book An enjoyable strong story with so much love for the family, connections with the community and incredibly insightful message. It is amazing to see how an innocent girl became to such a powerful woman, corageous and brave to face all the upcoming problems until she met her goals. Read more
Very lovely and inspiring story Brilliant way to put a strong story. Author made a great job on the storytelling Read more
Excellent read This reading experience is so touching! It feels like listening to your grandmother telling you a story. This book is very recommended for the whole family. Read more
Great reading The way the story was told, made felt transported to that specific time in the history and imagine those places. I love the narrative of the book, which was a perfect combination of detail and good taste. You always want to keep reading! I wish the author can keep giving us stories like that one! Read more
Great book to read with the family i loved reading this book! There is a perfect harmony between innocence, curiosity, and the incredible real-life immigration story of her grandmother. Readers will enjoy the reading! Read more
A great quarantine reading An interesting reading during these challengin times. The positivity and life lessons in this book are importante at anytime but a very good reminder during this COVID times that, we can always find something goo within the "bads'. Read more
Breathtaking reading Molly's story is inspirational. I am thankful that I was recommended to read this book since I have enjoyed it from the beginning to the end! I loved all the details behind the 35 names, Molly's childhood story's descrption and the all the lessons thru Molly's life. Read more
Stunning story with powerful message Amazing reading. The book is a real life story that takes you thru a pretty long journey (since covers almost all Molly's life) written in a magnificent way that you never think in put it down! Highly recommended. Read more
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