There is not a lot of action in this book , but there is a tremendous amount of atmosphere. Lorna Raver brings this story to life. The characters are distinct and lifelike. The novel is a series of reminiscences of a child's past and of a time past. I enjoyed my time there. There was hardship but also much love. It is not romanticized but presented just so we can look at it and see for ourselves what those days may have been like.
Tell us about yourself! As a retired elementary assistant librarian, I have loved reading to children. Now I really enjoy being read to!!
Puts you right in the middle of their lives. Great beliveable characters. I really didn't want story to end.
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The entire book was memorable. But the author's relationship with her Bubbie is the most heartwarming of all.
LOVED the accents. I have selected this for my book club and have encouraged my friends to listen to the book to get the full effect.
I laughed at the author's comments, reflections, the discussions on sex and infidelity. I cried for the heartbreak of their living situation and their health problems. No spoilers here.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. It was so real, so believable. I wish Ms. Widmer had written more books for all of us to enjoy.
The author provides a peek into a world far removed from middle class America in the 21st century. It is worth listening to for the keen insight it provdes into life inside NewYork tenements through the eyes of a young girl. The story moves slowly, however, and I would have enjoyed it much more if it were considerably shorter.
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This book was highly engaging. I thought I wasn't going to like it, but after about 40 minutes it started to get really good. I loved the characters and the narrator did an awesome job of turning them to life. The best part was that it was based on the author's true life story. Its well worth the time and credit spent.
terrific insight into the lives of a jewish family but not a religious family. fabulous narrator and will look for lorna raver again. too bad this author doesn't have any others here, i would get it in a minute!
I purchased this book based on the reviews, something I rarely do. This book was magical. As you listen, you become a member of this multi-genrational family. You laugh and cry along with them. This is more than a coming of age story, it is a glimpse into a bygone era and the culture of immigrants making their way in America. I was left wanting to hear more of this family's life.
The narrator gives a phenomenal performance. It is always a pleasure to listen to Lorna Raver.
I bought this book, started it and then put it aside for more than a year. Why? I guess it started out to be one of those "heartwarming" coming-of-age books and I wasn't in the mood. I came back to it by accident and was drawn in by the horrors and wonders of life in New York's Lower East Side just before WWII. The dialogue is convincing, the narration is wonderful and the emergence of the character of the mother, Lil, is astonishing.
The author died at the age of 80 just after finishing the final revisions of this book - her first novel. It is a shame that there won't be a second.
Journalist, consultant and audible addict.
First, this is not a plot driven novel. If you require a story line that moves quickly, this one is not for you.
That said, if you pass this one up you will miss a deeply absorbing experience. This is the first Eleanor Widmer I've "read". Her characters are so complex, so real, flawed and lovable, you feel as though you know them.
The setting is heartbreakingly detailed. It really is a wonderful work.
I'm neither Jewish, nor Russian, nor a New Yorker...but I felt I had entered a profoundly interesting, and moving family history. The narrator of this was incredible and brought each character to life.