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Apart From Love (Still Life with Memories #1+2)

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Apart from Love contains two threads, volume I and II of Still Life with Memories, woven together (along with two new chapters) around the same events in 1980, when Ben returns to meet his father, Lenny, and his new wife, Anita. It is then that he discovers a family secret.

My Own Voice (volume I of Still Life with Memories):
Ten years ago, when she was seventeen, Anita st
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Uvi Poznansky (first published 2012)
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Ashley Fontainne
Sep 14, 2012 Ashley Fontainne rated it it was amazing
Uvi Poznansky has penned a literary symphony, complete with a cast of likeable yet bruised characters.

The story unfolds as each central figure takes center stage, allowing the reader to slip inside and vicariously experience their true emotions--no matter how damaged they are.

The story centers around Ben, his father Lenny, and Anita--Lenny's new wife. The underlying currents of a myriad of emotions are woven throughout each chapter as each of them struggle to deal with their new role and place
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Michelle Bellon
May 13, 2012 Michelle Bellon rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most exquisitely written novels I've ever read.

From the very beginning, this story engages you as it is written with elaborate execution, mixing poetry with a novel. The author immediately pulls you in with Ben's return after having been gone for ten years. His emotions are raw and disjointed as he grapples with his father's recent marriage to a woman that has played a huge role in why he left in the first place.

Though it took me a few chapters to get my bearings as the stor
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Uvi Poznansky
May 23, 2012 Uvi Poznansky rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here is the first review of Apart From Love from the UK. A. Rose is a Top Amazon Reviewer:

A Beautifully Crafted Triangle of Love, 9 May 2012
By A. Rose (Devon & Menorca) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE) (REAL NAME)
This review is from: Apart From Love (Paperback)
The story is told from the viewpoints of Ben and Anita. Ben is the adult son of Lenny who has been estranged from his parents for the past ten years, with Ben blaming his father for the break up of the family when L
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Sheila
May 13, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
The characters quickly draw the reader in to Uvi Poznansky’s Apart from Love, and a haunting air of fable invites the reader’s willing suspension of disbelief. Returning from long absence to revisit his elderly father, Ben finds himself oddly drawn to the new young wife who so resembles his absent mother. The missing mother was a concert pianist who divorced his father and left to tour the world. But this story’s more about art than music, truths reflected in the shifting landscapes of lives and ...more
Brandt
Sep 13, 2013 Brandt rated it it was amazing
I didn’t need to read the author’s bio to know she was a poet. The writing is lyrical, eloquent and yes, poetic. And, I could have guessed Poznansky is also an artist, as each scene is painted with lovely sentences and paragraphs that seem to be created out of a vision delivered by a muse. Apart From Love, by Uvi Poznansky is an emotional story told with care. It deals with love and secrets (and all that they entail) and finally, a quest for understanding. We hear this story from Ben, “Here is ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 22, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Apart From Love by Uvi Poznansky

Literary fiction at it's best.
This is not an easy read, nor a fast one. The reader is immersed in the life and love of a complicated family. The plot is complicated. The theme is one of perspective and in this lies part of the beauty of this novel. The readers perception is formed from multiple point of views. As soon as one perception is formed another take on the reality that is displayed is introduced.

The above is nice extra topping on literally poetry in mot
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Jenee Rager
Jul 17, 2012 Jenee Rager rated it it was ok
This novel starts out S-L-O-W, and never quite reaches that phase where you just want to tear through the pages. The basic premise is intersting and well done, but there were things that kept me from all out enjoying the story. First and foremost it was very difficult to figure out the setting. I believe the story was supposed to take place in modern times, but the style of speech, the actions of the characters, etc made it seem as though it was set back in the early 1900's or late 1800's. The ...more
Ericka Smith
May 04, 2012 Ericka Smith rated it it was amazing
This is a touching, inspiring story that is a breath of fresh air. Very well written, characters are engaging and draw you into the story. Very well done. Uvi is a talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her books.
M.L. Woolley
May 02, 2012 M.L. Woolley rated it it was amazing
This is a must read! Don't pass it up- it won't disappoint!
Charlotte Phillips
Feb 12, 2013 Charlotte Phillips rated it liked it
I wasn't totally sure what to make of this book because there were parts that I both loved and hated. I felt that the concept behind the novel as very unique and you could clearly tell that there was something much more than your average story here within the pages. for me it felt like there was something personal, whether it be from the authors own experience or from something else altogether. The story itself was well introduced and written, with the four main characters clearly identified as ...more
Grady
Mar 09, 2012 Grady rated it it was amazing
A `novel' Novel that succeeds exceptionally well: `Say anything apart from love'

Uvi Poznansky wears a coat of many colors. Originally from Israel where she studied Architecture and Town Planning then moving to the US where she studied Computer Science and became an expert in Software Engineering, Poznansky managed to combine the design elements of two studies into unique formats. And she has accomplished the same with the other side of her brain - making visual her ideas (she is an accomplished
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P.C. Zick
Feb 08, 2015 P.C. Zick rated it it was amazing
Here is an astounding book from Uvi Poznansky with her work of literary fiction, Apart from Love. Ms. Poznansky is a multi-talented author and artist, and with this novel, she creates a multi-faceted and multi-layered work of art.

The story is told through the first person narrations of Anita, the new wife of Lenny and step-mother to the other narrator, Ben. The point of view is unique because the story is more about the love between Ben's parents, Lenny and Natasha, than the other two, who form
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Paul Lovell
Apr 26, 2014 Paul Lovell rated it it was amazing
Although ‘Apart from Love’ is a tale about love it is no romance-novel. More a chronicle of desire. An introspective read that covers, from the view-point of multiple characters some of life’s issues.

Now I won’t go into plot details - They are in the book-blurb. I’m also not going to attempt to bosh out a review in a wordy intellectual way either. I don’t consider myself ‘well-read’ enough. Besides I prefer to speak from an emotional viewpoint. So here goes.

I first read samples of Uvi Poznansky
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J.A. Schneider
Apr 28, 2015 J.A. Schneider rated it it was amazing
Adult children of divorce, estrangement, and guilt. This story of a dysfunctional family will resound in every heart.

Ben, aged 28, returns home after many years, still bitter about the divorce of his parents, Lenny and Natasha. He meets Lenny's new young bride, Anita, and is troubled to find himself attracted to her. His dismay deepens when he learns that his mother Natasha, once a brilliant pianist who he'd thought was on a world concert tour, is instead in a nursing home suffering from Alzhei
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Christoph Fischer
Aug 01, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Apart from Love" by Uvi Poznansky is yet another amazing novel by this very talented writer.
The book concerns Ben, a twenty-seven year old student, and his family at a time when the marriage of his parents breaks down due to the father's infidelity. The father, Len, marries Anita.
Told in two separate narratives we get to see Ben's and Anita's 'sides' of the story.
Poznansky gives a magnificent close-up of the family breakdown, exploring the themes of seduction, blame and love and a variety of c
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J.P. Lane
Mar 11, 2014 J.P. Lane rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book, Apart From Love is the story of three people thrown together by unusual circumstances. An attractive middle aged man meets an uneducated teenage girl in an ice cream parlor. He is seduced by her and ends up marrying her much to the distress of his sisters and his son who returns home after a stint in Europe to find not only a step mother his own age, but that his mother, a concert pianist who his father led him to believe was always on tour, is instead in a nursing ...more
Gaiven Clairmont
Jun 15, 2012 Gaiven Clairmont rated it it was amazing
Here it is:

There are rare novels that complete capture you from the first sentence and leave you wanting to the very last word. Apart From love is that type of novel it has a central romantic plot between a son and his step-mother but yet still brings powerful themes into play and shows the battle of guilt one feels when one is forced into choosing the betrayal of another or the betrayal of oneself. The tone is light hearted in some and dark with a mist of the mysterious in others. Is Ben going
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Oleg
Dec 12, 2012 Oleg rated it it was amazing
To me, this novel is reminiscent of a Chinese mystery from Ming Dynasty. Allow me to elaborate - we know WHAT crime was committed; we know HOW it was done; we know WHO committed the crime. Now we need to find answers to the following questions - WHY the crime was committed and what PUNISHMENT the criminal would or deserve to receive.

Take it from there and we spend a lot of time inside main characters' heads unraveling these mysteries all through the story which makes for a fascinating and twiste
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Brian Menard
Jan 14, 2013 Brian Menard rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this unique book!

"Apart From Love" is a truly unique story. It's written as a narrative and I found The characters to be very interesting and well developed. As a result of this effective style of writing, I found myself thinking about Anita, Ben and Lenny for hours after reading each chapter. I especially enjoyed how the Author was able to convey the personalities of Ben and Anita as they told their stories throughout the book. I had the sense that these characters were actuall
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De Jr.
May 04, 2012 De Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: native-s-reads
Touchingly Warmhearted and Eloquently Written…..

I was drawn in quickly by the quiet articulacy in which the author introduces you to a world of love, mistrust, acceptance, anger as well as the full history of the characters within her novel. I enjoyed the way “Author Uvi Poznansky” patiently moves her readers through a wonderfully rich journey of a family full of secrets, full of a rich and even sometimes tragic history….. All the while bringing us the readers into an opulent cultural understand
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William O'Brien
Dec 03, 2014 William O'Brien rated it it was amazing
Be drawn into this exceptional talent!

Apart From Love
Uvi Poznansky

A beautiful and unique work from Uvi Poznansky.

Apart From Love is a sensitive and sensuous work, which entangles the senses of the reader as one dances through the strings of words to reach an intense end.

The novel gives an emotional story throughout and gives a journey to the soul, encompassing the depths of dysfunction, beckoning prayers, hate and forgiveness.

A very well-written book with true-to-life and believable characters o
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Sandra
Mar 14, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Lyrical best describes the writing in this introspective tale told through its two main characters, Ben and Anita. Their words and thoughts are vague and disturbing at times, and I felt I had to keep on reading to get to the truth or at least find a concrete explanation for them. Facts about their earlier years are exposed as Ben and Anita unload their emotional baggage, one layer at a time, but as in real life, the story ends in an unexpected way and leaves us with unanswered questions. An ...more
Helen Wu
Jun 14, 2015 Helen Wu rated it it was amazing
Apart From Love tells the story from the three main character's own perception about an inherently dysfunctional family, Ben, Ben's father Lenny and Lenny's new wife Anita. It is a superbly written novel. From the characters' views you will know what is really going on and it's up to you to decide who is at fault or not at fault for the ripples. Uvi Pozansky skillfully develops the story through the voices of her characters and totally brings them to life. Highly recommend.
David Deluca
May 17, 2012 David Deluca rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book a few days ago when it was advertised on Twitter, and loaded it to my Kindle. To my surprize it was a profoundly deep story with many layers, love-hate father-son relationship, set against the mental deterioration of the mother, who suffers from alzheimers. For mother's day I loaded it on my mom's Kindle and she's loving it. We now have a mini 'bookclub' discussion about the book between us! Highly recommended.
Teresa
Feb 07, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Apart From Love grabs your attention and does not let go until the final pages of the book. The attention to detail showcases the smooth pen of the author as she weaves a tale of a dysfunctional family and the complex love that binds them and pulls them apart. Ms. Poznansky masterfully teases the reader with just enough mystery to keep you reading. It is a pleasure to read and I recommend it for your good reads list. Teresa E. Gallion, Poet and Author
Eleri
Jan 13, 2014 Eleri rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned - couldn't get beyond 43%
Rich Weatherly
Feb 04, 2013 Rich Weatherly rated it it was amazing
Book Review of Apart From Love, by Uvi Poznansky
review by Rich Weatherly

The family saga, Apart From Love by Uvi Poznansky opens on a scene in the family home. The reader finds Ben, son of Lenny, the family patriarch, in a strange, tense situation. It is a tense situation because Ben has just been greeted by Anita, his father’s bride. He finds Anita to be attractive if uneducated. She is a year younger than Ben who is 27.

As chapters progress through the saga, each is delivered as a first person a
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Dianne
Sep 15, 2014 Dianne rated it it was amazing
And again, Uvi Poznansky uses her words as she uses the stroke of her brush to create art. Apart From Love is a journey through the complex relationships of a son, his father and his young stepmother when desires overrule propriety and create a triangle filled with emotion, past deeds and untold regrets and untruths. Told through the voices of Ben and his young stepmother, Anita, their voices resonate at such a different pitch, there is no doubt who is speaking as they record their thoughts to e ...more
Roy Murry
Sep 06, 2012 Roy Murry rated it it was amazing
Apart From Love
By Uvi Poznansky

Reviewed by R. Murry

The family dynamic has been written about since the beginning of time: the Biblical story of Joseph, Macbeth, and in the 1930s, William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury. Like Faulkner, Ms. Poznansky uses more than one person to tell the story of “Apart From Love.” Faulkner used four. Ms. Poznansky uses two: Ben and Anita. Their voices are orchestrated close to perfection in a loving way.

Each chapter is told by one or the other, explaining thei
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Dolores Ayotte
Sep 16, 2012 Dolores Ayotte rated it it was amazing
Uvi Poznansky is an artist! There is no doubt about it. As I read "Apart from Love", I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfuntional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other.

There is a quality so deep and raw in "Apart from Love" that it's almost impossible to put this book down. In my opinion, Uvi Poznansky writes like a painter. She starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint
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Uvi Poznansky is a bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural
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“In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.” 5 likes
“‎"Then, winking at him, I passed my tongue over the top, and all around the ice cream at the rim of the cone, filling my whole mouth and, just to look sexy, also licking the tips of my fingers. Then I came around the counter, swaying my hips real pretty, and steadying myself over the wobbly high heels. I came right up to him, and before he could guess what kind of trouble I had cooked up in my head, I kissed him—so sweet and so long—on his lips, to the shouts and outcries of the offended customer...” 1 likes
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