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An injury at birth left Audrey with a wandering eye. Though flawed, the bad eye functions well enough to permit her an idiosyncratic view of the world, one she welcomes in the stifling postwar Brooklyn of the 1950s. During a journey to Manhattan to see a doctor about her sight, she begins to explore the sexual rites of adulthood. But can her romance last? In this beautiful ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by Hawthorne Books
(first published 1989)
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Jun 30, 2013 Larry Bassett rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Brooklyn is the place where our first person narrator Audrey grew up, was a child, and this book is about leaving Brooklyn. It is filled with the insights that belong to a child; you know that when you read them because some recall your own childhood. But there is an unusual character playing a major role, Audrey’s right eye, her wandering eye. This eye gives her a unique view of the world and the effort of her parents to remedy the “problem” brings her to the office of an eye doctor who takes A ...more
"Audrey", the main character who is somewhat of a blur between the fictional character and the author, tells the story of her experiences as a fifteen-year-old. Audrey lives in Brooklyn with her Jewish parents in a very traditional and conservative home. She has a wandering eye, and her mother takes her to an eye doctor in Manhattan to have a cosmetic lense fitted. Audrey ends up having an affair with the married doctor. The story becomes a metaphor for leaving one's protected innocence. It also ...more
It was a well written book with some incredible areas of the main character really becoming in touch with herself. It was a bit graphic and disturbing on one hand,and a tad unbelievable. So well some of the actual writing was incredibley descriptive and well done, I wouldn't really recommend this to most people.
This book was on my library's Book Club list, so I decided to read it, especially since it was only 153 pages. I was curious about the themes of innocence, escape, vision--real and obscured, and coming of age for 15 year old Audrey. It satisfied my curiousity.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz (b. 1939) is a celebrated author of novels, poems, short fiction, and criticism. Schwartz began her career with a series of short stories before publishing her first novel, the National Book Award–nominated Rough Strife (1980). She went on to publish works of memoir, poetry, and translation. Her other novels have included the award-nominated Leaving Brooklyn (1989) and Distur ...moreMore about Lynne Sharon Schwartz...