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Home in the Morning

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  515 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Jackson Sassaport is a man in the middle. Torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American “hired girl” who first stole his teenage heart—as well as between following his prominent Jewish family’s imperative to not stand out in the segregated South and standing up for his beliefs—Jackson learns to balance the secrets a ...more
ebook, 223 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Open Road Integrated Media (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 13, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to read this-a present to myself-a book by a brilliant friend. Due to obligations last week, I had no time to read this until now. And so on this cold day, I am hanging out with this incredible story and my afghan. :-)

I have to be upfront and say that Mary is my friend so I opened her book with a bit of trepidation along with excitement. I have other acquaitances who have written books and I have to admit I put them aside after a few pages. But during the second or third chapter
Martha Davis
Jan 05, 2011 Martha Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of Home in the Morning from Book Club Girl to prepare for her Blog Talk Radio, Book Club Girl on the Air interview with Mary Glickman. Sadly, the day after I won it my Nook power cord died and I wasn’t able to read it in time for the interview. I did listen anyway and it only made me want to read the book more. (You can click on the link to hear the interview)

Well, I was finally able to charge my Nook and the first thing I did was to read Home in the Morning.

Jan 17, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about Jackson Sassaport, son of the jewish town doctor, and his life growing up in Guilford Mississippi in the 1950’s. The story is centered around Jackson’s experiences and troubles with race, religion, prejudices, social class, friendship, and secrets kept. It was interesting to me because this boy was disliked by some because he was jewish, yet he was expected to treat blacks differently as well. I enjoyed reading this book, as it gave me a new perspective on growing up in the south d ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Miki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really engrossing read with interlocking stories of Jackson, a Jew raised in the South, Katherine Marie, an African American about his age, who crosses paths with Jackson at a young age, Stella, Jackson's irrepressible wife, a Jew rasied in Boston, and Li'l Boaky, an African American man who was one of Jackson's first friends. The timeline moves back and forth through three major points in time: Jackson's childhood, the summer of a pivotal incident, and the present day. Don't want to say much mo ...more
May 25, 2011 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Wow, what a story of tensions on so many fronts. North vs. South, black vs. white, Jews vs. Southern society, Orthodox Jews vs. Reform Jews, civil rights, brother vs. brother are all displayed in this novel. Interesting storytelling device, starting in 1995 and looking back at various incidents in the lives of the characters to show how they were changed and transformed. The author's style is such that dialogue is not enclosed in quotation marks, so very different stylistically. Great story that ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
A lovely book about the lifetime of a Southern Jewish man and his friends and acquaintances in the Civil Right's Era and the aftermath of that era. I loved the characters and I also loved that while the author did a back and forth in time through the writing, it never left you so hanging on the edge of a cliff that you wanted to skip ahead 30 pages to see what happened. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up except it was $3 for my Kindle. I'm glad I did tho, good read.
Lisa Cermak
Jan 17, 2011 Lisa Cermak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Glickman's book! The characters spoke in authentic voices, the themes were captivating, and the story itself brought back memories of the turbulent 60s! I can highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read! I wasn't excited about reading it on the Kindle (I like to hold my books), but once I got started, I couldn't put it down - and now you can get it in paperback. I'm looking forward to Glickman's next one, soon I hope!
Jan 23, 2011 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Glickman turns this relationship novel into a page turner. I often find myself rushing through the what can feel like background when a good story line is slowly being revealed, the four main character and their life experiences kept me riveted to the page. ANd while I often find a book dealing with a social ill such as racism can become didactic, Mary Glickman never allows her message to remove us from her story.
Jul 05, 2011 PopcornReads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Home in the Morning touches briefly on generations before the mid-20th century, its main story spans the turbulent and transitional period between the early 1950’s through the 1990’s in the town of Guilford, Mississippi. The story revolves around the Sassaport family, a Reform Jewish family, living in the Deep South during this period. To read the rest of my review, go to
Oct 08, 2015 Ruthie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The premise of the book sounded intriguing - Southern "reform" Jewish family living in the South, protagonist Jackson observing the racism against the Black population while facing anti-semitism both overt and discreet. The author sends Jackson north to Yale where he comes across a Jewish girl from a more conservative Jewish family and her snobby family (who for poorly described reasons doesn't seem to like her, or anyone).

The execution is inconsistent. There were some story lines that were ver
Dec 07, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Home in the Morning takes place in the turbulant years of the 1950's and 60's, in Guilford, Mississippi. The Sassaport's, are a well to do Jewish southern family living in Mississippi.
Jackson, is the eldest son, and is overly protected by his mother, a genteel southern lady.

Living in the south during the 1960's was horrible enough, but in this story the divide of White, Black, Christian or Jewish was worse. There were hazing, beatings, civil rights movement, and anything to cause the divide of
I think this book was…interesting. For me, reading this book was stepping way out of my comfort zone (I am more of a chick-lit, fun, light, scandalicious (yes, that is my word) type of book reader. Occasionally, I pick up a “heavy” book full of deep thought and insight.

This was that book.

Bookclub recommendation: Don’t go from the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy to this one. The adjustment is pretty brutal.

It took me forever and a day to get through this book. I am a heavy book reader. Although I ca
Dec 14, 2010 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't really think I'd come across a new "take" on the Southern novel, but this one is probably it. Glickman has done a really good job of presenting some characters with strong, original personalities, and a slightly different emphasis on the more traditional "strong Southern woman," as well.

The story moves from the late 50s-early 60s in Mississippi, where the civil rights movement is beginning, then shifts forward in time to 1995 and presents the same characters in their present live
Alexie Milton
Dec 06, 2010 Alexie Milton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book with a sigh of satisfaction. It's nice to have a book that's about relationships - real relationships - that's both intimate while still being strong. What I particularly liked was the unusual voice, that's new and different without being hard work because it's so 'literary.

I was quite surprised to see that people thought it ended abruptly. What I liked most about the book is that it doesn't fall into the trap of being some cliched Southern plot that ends up in a court room w
Bailey Caskey
This was a solid read. Interesting story, layered (& like-able) characters, well written, intriguing. I wouldn't say it was a riveting book, but the story definitely kept me coming back for more. The characters were well developed, believable, and empathetic. I very much enjoyed the writing style of this book as it made me feel I was being told by a highly sophisticated southern gentleman. I must admit, the "incident" which this book surrounds was, for me, anti-climactic (as well as the big ...more
Carl Kowalski
Jan 04, 2011 Carl Kowalski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home in the Morning is spectacular, filled with detail but never losing sight of the big picture, a terrific slice of life from a watershed period in our country's history and told from an intriguing point of view. Mary Glickman's vivid sense of character and place, and how they inform action, renders her first published novel compelling and seductive: I can't wait for the next one! I'm sure many of her earlier, unpublished works should now see the light of day, and the reading public will be we ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Mary Glickman's debut novel and absolutely loved it. It was refreshing to read a piece of literature as opposed to the slapdash simplistic stuff that usually populates the best seller lists. Writing about race and religion can be a tricky task but Glickman handled it authentically with wonderful insight and perspective surely gained from her own experience. Her characters were real and not contrived. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this promising newly-publishe ...more
Ellie Revert
Jul 13, 2011 Ellie Revert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brent and I read this out loud on our return car trip from CA. It's great--it's painful---it was one of the best books we ever read. So thought provoking. Switches back and forth from the 60's to the 90's--about a fine young man from outside Jackson, MS---his life journey including his time at Yale---his name is actually Jackson, and his wife, Stella. He's Southern and Jewish---not an easy thing to be in the 60's.
Margaret Cerilli
Glickman's Home in the Morning is a great read! Perfect for my post-holiday wind-down day on the couch. I quickly became immersed in the story, and Glickman's vivid descriptions made me feel as though I was visiting the South on a hot summer day.
Feb 28, 2011 Bzgelfand rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very disappointing read. I found the character development very superficial, and the story arc almost meaningless. When the book ends abruptly, I wondered why it had ever started....
Jan 06, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story, but there are no quotation marks in this book at all. Also, the author puts her own family photos at the back, which I thought was a little odd.
May 30, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good summer read. The story of two Southern families set against the civil rights movement.
Joann Collins
Nov 09, 2010 Joann Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
Wonderful story, well told, interesting characters, beautifully written!!
Pati Walker Miller
Jun 04, 2012 Pati Walker Miller rated it really liked it
Basic Overview: Jackson Sassaport: a white Jewish lawyer born and raised in Mississippi. Stella Godwin: his wife, also Jewish, from Boston. Katherine Marie: his black boyhood sweetheart. Li'l Bokay: his first friend, and later Katherine's husband. To say more about how these four central characters relate would be to spoil the experience of reading Mary Glickman's Home in the Morning. For its very structure—the intimate interweaving of character and story, the accomplished non-linear unraveling ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as an Early Review through Librarything. I started reading this book today and can tell that I will not be able to finish it. This is not to say that the author, Mary Glickman, may not be a fine writer. This is only to say that her style of writing does not meet to my style of reading. First of all, I do not like books that are filled with description. I love dialogue, which brings me to the next point. The dialogue in this book is not conversation. No quotation marks are used th ...more
Janet Masonberg
about a Jewish family in the South, in the early 50's. Jackson Sassaport, Bubba Ray, Katherine Marie, Stella and Lil Bokay
Jan 18, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was interesting to read, but not that great. The chapters switch back and forth between present day and the past. I don't think the author really did this smoothly. I didn't feel connected to the characters even though the story was interesting. It takes place in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. It looks at the relationship between a white family and the black girl that works for them. In the first few chapters the characters refer to a fight that has happened ...more
May 24, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it
I did not complete this book. I really did not care for the writing format, and certainly did not like the story.
Joan Cobb
I liked "The Help" much better, which is somewhat during the same time frame and touches some of the same issues. This novel is based on not revealing a secret and the events that occur because of this. Why the novel is entitled "Home in the Morning" does not tell enough about the content and as I was having trouble with my Kindle, I kept losing the book and could not remember the title. The character development and style I did like, but the abrupt ending reminded me again that when reading on ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
I was very much enjoying this book as it went along. I wasn't totally engrossed in the story as I sometimes am, but it was interesting and I was looking forward to see where it was going. But then it just ended. Truly, I got online and looked to see if my copy of the book was messed up somehow because the ending felt so abrupt and unsatisfying. Others have mentioned the lack of quotation marks, which I found somewhat distracting at first, but quickly got used to. Still, it was a book that had gr ...more
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Born Mary Kowalski on the south shore of Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Glickman grew up the fourth of seven children in a traditional Irish-Polish Catholic family. Her father had been a pilot in the Army Air Force and later flew for Delta Air Lines. From an early age, Mary was fascinated by faith. Though she attended Catholic school and as a child wanted to become a nun, her attention eventually tur ...more
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