Monique is an 8-year old Jewish girl who lives with her father and three older siblings. One night, Monique had a dream that she would live in a magnificent castle, and that her brothers and sister would work for her. Monique was her father’s favorite child, and he gave her a very valuable tiara which at one time belonged to an Italian princess. Because of their intense jealousy, Monique’s siblings handed her over to Nazi soldiers. Monique narrowly escaped the horror of the Holocaust, and she joined the circus.
Escaping the Pit in Pursuit of the Palace is a dramatic, funny, and courage-inspiring novel that weaves the lives of fictional characters with real historical events, people, and places. The story begins in the time period just prior to the Holocaust, and it includes Princess Mafalda of Savoy, Boris the III of Bulgaria, Rudolf Höss, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Adolf Althoff, the Ringling Brothers, the Barnum & Bailey Circus, the movie The Greatest Show on Earth, The Jack Benny Show, and much more.