New release: The Sister Knot from Ann S. Epstein & Vine Leaves Press


Congratulations to Ann S. Epstein and Vine Leaves Press on the release of The Sister Knot, a poignant exploration of friendship, resilience, and the enduring strength of the ties that bind.

★★★★★ "A moving, thorough, and entrancing novel about how two orphaned young Berlin women become each other’s family during and after the Holocaust." ~Simone Yehuda, contributing author of The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust

The Sister Knot

NEW RELEASE: April 30, 2024
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paperback: $17.99
Ebook: $5.99  

In the heart-wrenching tapestry of The Sister Knot, an enthralling tale unfolds, weaving the resilient bond of a female friendship against the backdrop of history. Set amidst the shadows of World War II, Liane and Frima, survivors of Holocaust trauma, find solace and strength in each other. Through cunning, theft, and prostitution, they navigate the unforgiving streets of Berlin and post-war existence.

Brought to the United States by a Jewish refugee agency, their destinies diverge, yet the unbreakable thread of their connection persists. Frima, the adopted sister, seemingly lives the American dream—excelling in academics, a prestigious college, a successful husband, intelligent children, and a fulfilling teaching career. On the other side of fate, Liane, thrust into a group home, rejects the conventional path, embracing a life of dead-end jobs, relinquishing a daughter for adoption, and finding solace in her art even amidst the struggles that lead her to prison.

Through six decades marked by drifting apart and fierce reunions, their trajectories reverse, challenging preconceived notions about destiny.

The Sister Knot beckons with its poignant exploration of friendship, resilience, and the enduring strength of the ties that bind. Join Liane and Frima on their journey through the tapestry of time, where the echoes of the past resonate in the unspoken language of sisterhood.

Praise for The Sister Knot
★★★★★ "A rich exploration of how individuals can emerge from challenging beginnings, finding strength and comfort in each other, despite the different paths their lives take... beautifully written and emotionally charged." ~Deepak Singh, author of Yaad Mohalla

★★★★★ "Liane follows a difficult path that includes an out-of-wedlock child and jail. Her close friend, Frima, is adopted into a loving family looking for a traditional daughter to bring them joy and grandchildren... The arc of their story will remain with readers long after the last page." ~Beth Kirschner, author of Copper Divide

★★★★★ "A painting of the intense, complex, difficult and joyful rhythms and layers of women’s relationships to one another." ~Rusty Allen, author of Ella’s War

About the Author
Ann S. Epstein writes novels, stories, memoir, poems, and essays. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination for creative nonfiction, the Walter Sullivan prize in fiction, an Editors’ Choice selection by Historical Novel Review, and St. Lawrence Book Award Finalist nomination. Ann’s fiction credits include the novels On the Shore, Tazia and Gemma, A Brain. A Heart. The Nerve., The Great Stork Derby, and One Person’s Loss. Her work also appears in North American Review, Sewanee Review, PRISM International, Ascent, The Long Story, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, she has a doctorate in developmental psychology, a Master of Fine Arts in fiber, and certification as an end-of-life doula. To learn more, visit
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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