No novel about the Łódź ghetto is going to be an easy read. The Jewish inhabitants suffered intolerable cruelty and starvation. Overseeing it all was Mordecai Chaim Rumkovski, Chairman of the ghetto. Was he a collaborator or was turning the ghetto into a Nazi sweatshop the only possible strategy to save any Jewish lives? It left me feeling wrung out and angry, but I guess that's what it's supposed to do.