A debut novel with a gay theme from a new American writer. It explores middle class Jewish family life and the conflict between selfhood and family bond in relationships.
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Centered on Zellie, a Jewish woman of the American diaspora, this novel stretches from the struggles of her mother's family of 11 sisters at the turn of the century to the present day and the birth of a child to her gay doctor son David and his long-time lesbian friend Beth. The small failures of Zellie's conventional lifetwo mediocre marriages, feuds, divorce and drug death in the familycounterpoint the small triumphs in David's and Beth's lives. But the center of Glickman's family portrait is the history of Jewish success and assimilation. Many scenes take place at increasingly disastrous weddings and seders, where we can follow the drift towards more remote and WASP-ier suburbs and the slow falling away of ritual. In contrast, the gay characters' insistence on affirming their Jewish identity and struggle to create a family are especially poignant. A rich and comprehensive novel. Rob Schmieder, Boston
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This first novel looks at Jewish family life through a series of weddings, seders, funerals etc. in which the individual is often placed at odds with the rituals and traditions he or she is obliged to uphold. The ambitious work is marred by "flat characterizations and banal dialogue" although "Glickman aptly conveys the brittle atmosphere of family gatherings."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Plume, 1988. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0452261422
Descrizione libro Plume, 1988. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0452261422
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97804522614261.0