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Other People's Lives

2.46  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
These vibrant short stories are about the lives of Jewish families in New York in the mid-twentieth century. But, in Kaplan's vision, everyday life, with its complexity, disorder, and comic subtleties can never obscure a deeper reality. Her sharp-eyed, quirky children and adults are haunted by history, both individual and collective.

Other People's Lives won the Jewish Book
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Backinprint.com
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Louise
Aug 11, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
This collection of stories was originally published in 1976 and won the Jewish Book Award that year as well as being nominated for the National Book Award, but it is not an easy read. It has been re-issued through Open Road Media. The title story is especially difficult because the protagonist is so strange and disassociated, that the readers feel distant. Just recently released from a psychiatric institution, she rents a room with the immigrant family of a dying ballet dancer. Her problem (or ...more
Luke Sherwood
Dec 16, 2014 Luke Sherwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the outs. One point of view dominates the novella and five short stories of Johanna Kaplan’s Other People’s Lives. And most often, this outside-looking-in stance results from a combination of culture and self-imposed exile. This tension plays out with pathos, and often laugh-out-loud humor in this remarkable collection.

The title piece is the novella, and it contains the story of Louise, who is placed in the apartment of a famous dancer’s family. It establishes the collection’s tone and point
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Cynthia Archer
I either love or hate short stories. The title attracted me to this collection. Other people's lives can be fascinating and reading about them can be a guilty pleasure, even if you just get snippets in a short story. Sadly, these lives weren't, and I lost interest almost immediately. The author treated each character as if the reader already knew them and gave details that were confusing and off putting. It was like I was looking in on lives that were already in progress and had to try to figure ...more
Penny Schmuecker
Dec 04, 2014 Penny Schmuecker rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I wanted to finish this but like other readers, I also thought the book dragged on and on pointlessly. It wasn't the dialogue so much, but rather the disjointed thoughts with no real story. I finally just had to give up.
Sharon
Jan 21, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: jewish, stories
This is a prize winning book, up for the National Book Award. It was a Kindle Daily bargain that I purchased because it was an award winner. I did not "get" it. I'll have to re-read it another time to see if I understand why the notoriety.
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