LISTEN TO FIRST TEN MINUTES: VERY REVEALING!
Veteran Canadian reporter Steve Paikin, who got his journalism masters degree at Boston University, and who is Jewish and was raised in a Jewish family in Canada, interviews Affinity here and gets her to reveal and confess for the first time in public to a reporter anywhere in North America that 1. She was not raised in a Jewish family and 2. She has no connection to the Holocaust and 3. she is of "Jewish ancestry" which actually means that her paternal grandfather was from Poland and came to tUSA as an immigrant in 1932 and settled in Utica, New York, where the family name was Kornarski. In fact, Affinithy's name on her birth certificate in Affinity Christine Konarski and she receives email under that name. Hmmmmmm. Now that the cat is ffinally out of the bag, it is possible that her publishers and editors pushed Affinity to keep her real identity very vague on purpose so as not to disclose to the reading public (and the book reviewers reviewing her book) that she was not raised in a Jewish family, and had no basic Jewish education as a child and teenager (Sunday School at the local synagogue, Hebrew School on weekdays after school classes, Jewish summer camps, a bat mitzvah, a college trip to Israel). So one must wonder if the publication of this novel was some kind of literary sleight of hand, perhaps even a kind of liteary and publishing PR strategy sleight or hand of sorts. Listen to the first part of the interview here, and if time listen to the entire 20 minutes of it. Steve Paikin deserves credit for asking Affinity, with sensitivity yet probing candor, hard hitting questions that no other reporter in Canada or the USA bothered to ask her, and one has to wonder why nobody asked her these details before this.
LISTEN TO FIRST TEN MINUTES or the entire 20 minute interview. It is REVEALING and a bit scary re the cover-up and why the cover-up on the part of her editors and publishers and PR people. Not on the part of Affinity. She was innocent in all this. She is a very talented writer, and her novel has touched many people worldwide, being translated now in 25 foreign languages, starting with Portuguese and Hungarian.
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