Helen Epstein, a journalism professor, author of four previous books, and daughter of a concentration camp victim, has written a remarkable story about her search for her mother’s history. When she was 22, Frances Epstein, Helen’s mother, was sent with her first husband and her parents from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a nearby concentration camp. Frances’ mother and father were then deported to Poland, where they died. Her first husband also died in the camps. Frances survived other concentration camps (including Auschwitz), typhus, three births, one abortion, one appendectomy, two disk fusions, back injuries, tuberculosis, and bleeding colitis. She also managed to survive poverty-stricken post-World-War-II Czechoslovakia and Communist Czechoslovakia. She flourished after a second marriage in Czechoslovakia and immigration to America. After all her horrendous experiences, Frances became a wife, mother, and high-fashion couturier.