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About ‘Home Was a Dream’

Three generations connected by music and haunted by secrets.

Unnerved by his recent engagement and the prospect of parenthood, Tim Green, protagonist of Believe in Me and Never Break the Chain, digs further into his music-writer father’s past and stumbles onto a hidden legacy that has shaped his family for generations: his grandfather was a Holocaust survivor. As Tim traces his father’s and grandfather’s lives back through the decades from San Francisco to New York to the Czech countryside, he grasps for the first time how each successive generation misses out on the critical turning points that molded our parents into the people we come to know.

With the traumas in his family’s whispered past now colliding with the present, Tim Green won’t stop—can’t stop—until he understands what this legacy means for his future.

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“10 New Alumni Books,” UC Davis Magazine (Summer 2024)

“Author follows a thread,” Monterey Herald (5/20/24)

Rock is Lit podcast (4/12/24)

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Praise for Home Was a Dream

“In this riveting and poignant narrative, Tim Green learns the tragic story of his father’s family during the Holocaust and how that history and a shared love of music both haunt and bind generations of Green men together. Home Was a Dream is a profound examination of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, and a moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.”

— Christy Alexander Hallberg, author of Searching for Jimmy Page and host of Rock is Lit

A rich and compelling story that draws the reader seamlessly between generations. You feel you are right there, from the kitchen table to the concentration camps, making it difficult to put down. At a time when the last survivors of this trauma are dying off and fundamental truths about history are being questioned, Home Was A Dream does a great service in bringing this journey to life.”

— Michael Froman, President, Council on Foreign Relations

[E]ngrossing… Warburg’s keen ear for dialogue and attention to detail make this one stand out. An appealing, historically rich novel.”

 — Kirkus Reviews

“…skillfully intertwines personal struggles with historical generational trauma, offering a compelling exploration of family dynamics and the enduring impact that persecution can have on future generations. Tim’s journey of self-discovery and reconciliation with his family’s past resonates deeply… building with more and more tension and impact for a brilliant conclusion that both satisfies and educates. The themes of resilience, love, and the search for meaning create a powerful narrative that lingers in the mind long after the final page.”

— K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

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