• Birth—May 30, 1910
• Where—Stockport, England, UK
• Currently—lives in Brick Township, New Jersey, USA
Harry Bernstein is the author of The Invisible Wall, which deals with his abusive, alcoholic father, the anti-Semitism he encountered growing up in a Lancashire mill town (Stockport— now part of Greater Manchester) in north west England, and the Romeo and Juliet romance experienced by his sister and her Christian lover. The book was started when he was 93 and published in 2007 when he was 96. The loneliness he encountered following the death of his wife, Ruby, in 2002 after 67 years of marriage was the catalyst for Bernstein to begin work on his book.
According to an article by Associated Press writer, Rebecca Santana, Bernstein first sent the finished manuscript to New York publishers but, having no luck, he sent it to the London office of Random House. There the book sat for about a year until it came across the desk of editor Kate Elton, who described it as "unputdownable."
"I think he's a most fantastic writer," Elton said. "He creates the characters of his family so vividly and tells such a moving story."
He finished writing his second book, The Dream, which centers on his family’s move to the United States when he was twelve. It was published in 2008.
Recently, he published his third book, The Golden Willow, which is the third memoir of his series involving his married life and later years.
Before his retirement at age 62, Bernstein worked for various movie production companies reading scripts and working as a magazine editor for trade magazines, and also wrote freelance articles for such publications as Popular Mechanics, Jewish American Monthly and Newsweek.
Bernstein currently lives in Brick Township, New Jersey. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
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