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The Slow Way Back: A Novel

The Slow Way Back A Novel Poet Judy Goldman s debut novel tells the moving story three generations of sisters in a Southern Jewish family The central story belongs to Thea who carries with her a painful memory from a childhoo

  • Title: The Slow Way Back: A Novel
  • Author: JudyGoldman
  • ISBN: 9780688165987
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Poet Judy Goldman s debut novel tells the moving story three generations of sisters in a Southern Jewish family The central story belongs to Thea, who carries with her a painful memory from a childhood incident with her mother Years later, a packet of letters, written in Yiddish by Thea s grandmother to her sister, holds the mystery to her mother s anger and silence ThePoet Judy Goldman s debut novel tells the moving story three generations of sisters in a Southern Jewish family The central story belongs to Thea, who carries with her a painful memory from a childhood incident with her mother Years later, a packet of letters, written in Yiddish by Thea s grandmother to her sister, holds the mystery to her mother s anger and silence Thea s sister, Mickey, urges her not to translate them But Thea relies on her own instincts and begins to unravel the secrets of her family In doing so, she is able to face the sadness in her own life as well as a multitude of questions raised by the letters questions of marriage, sisters, and what it means to belong.

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    About Author

    1. JudyGoldman says:
      Judy Goldman is the author of a new memoir, Losing My Sister published October 2012 Excerpts appeared in Real Simple Magazine and Drafthorse, an online journal She is also the author of two novels, Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back, as well as two books of poetry, Holding Back Winter and Wanting To Know the End.She has received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Fiction, the Gerald Cable Poetry Prize, the Roanoke Chowan Prize for Poetry, the Oscar Arnold Young Prize for Poetry, and the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize for Poetry Her work has been published in many literary journals, including Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Ohio Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner.Goldman s book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer She offers writing tips on her blog at judygoldman blog.Goldman lives with her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Comment 189 on “The Slow Way Back: A Novel

    1. Margaret Klein says:
      A charming first novel about three generations of women the southern United States Those generations range from first generation American still writing letters in broken English to fully assimilated, integrated sisters The book deals with tensions between the family generations, secrets, health issues and many family secrets You will have to read the book to see how it resolves, or does it It seems to me that there are many books in this genre This one was not my favorite because I found myself [...]

    2. Lydia says:
      I liked the local setting, and I liked the idea of the novel, but it seemed most of the writing had nothing to do with the actual plot The interactions between the characters seemed superfluous and trite, conversations about Coke among other things, that made it seem like the author was not comfortable with writing dialogue The letters as well were not as enthralling as they could have been, and considering that the letters were the focus of the story, I had hoped they would contain Now I m not [...]

    3. MARGO says:
      the excerpt for this novel says it is an expertly crafted first novel well I beg to differ This book is suppose to uncover a family secret which I am afraid is fairly obvious from the very first chapters and is no secret to anyone with an ounce of intellect The characters are boring and bland and there is no plot but the chapters just drone on and on telling us what mundane tasks occupy the main character s time I kept reading in hope that it would improve and saddly it did not What a horrible w [...]

    4. Cornmaven says:
      I picked this book up for 2 at the UNT bookstore apparently it didn t sell well there But I really liked the story of a Southern Jewish family, which to me was an oxymoron Little did I know It talks about history, family, relationships between sisters, mothers, daughters, and forgiveness Secrets revealed through Yiddish letters that must be translated Very interesting plot device I liked the prose quiet and poetic.

    5. Erica says:
      For a book that I just grabbed off the shelf from the library while the kids were restless, I was satisfied by this book Although the plot was pretty easy to figure out earlier in the book, I enjoyed reading about the relationships of three sets of sisters within three generations in a Southern Jewish family.

    6. Kajsa says:
      The writing style was weird almost abrupt in places, and the author had a tendency to jump forward in time without giving much clue as to where on the timeline of the story they were I enjoyed the plot though, I think the characters were well developed and the author delved into family issues with delicacy and good humor I liked the story, just not so much the writing style.

    7. Lori says:
      Well written, but very slow to read and repetitive Didn t lead to any major revelation that a reader couldn t figure out half way through.

    8. cati says:
      Thanks again Savers I had high hopes for this The best writing in the book was the last 5 pages.

    9. Paula Harrington says:
      I enjoyed this book, I do admit the ending was very clear from the start of the book


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