Fic­tion

Hands of Gold: One Man’s Quest to Find the Sil­ver Lin­ing in Misfortune

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September 1, 2021
Hands of Gold is a heart­warm­ing sto­ry about Sam Fox that began with cas­sette tapes he left his fam­i­ly. Sam came from noth­ing.

A poor Jew­ish farm hand From Hun­gary, he spent most of his adult life run­ning from the mil­i­tary, chang­ing iden­ti­ties, skip­ping bor­ders, har­bor­ing secrets, and fight­ing a dev­as­tat­ing ill­ness. Along the way he acci­den­tal­ly killed a man in a trol­ley acci­dent, but saved count­ess lives in a work­place shoot­ing and as a test case for a life­sav­ing TB treat­ment, becom­ing an Amer­i­can hero.

The nov­el, based on an inspir­ing true sto­ry, was an Ama­zon Break­through Nov­el Award quar­ter­fi­nal­ist in his­tor­i­cal fic­tion. It offers an old-world take on sev­er­al top­ics in the news today: A some­times- fatal res­pi­ra­to­ry ill­ness, life as a Jew­ish immi­grant, and a mass shoot­ing.

Hands of Gold begins and ends in a nurs­ing home with a remark­able secret, a past worth chron­i­cling and a cher­ished fam­i­ly trea­sure buried dur­ing the Holo­caust and uncov­ered, even­tu­al­ly find­ing its way back into Sam’s hands.

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