Acclaimed artist Elaine Gordon can't believe her loving husband is gone. After a lifetime spent utterly devoted to her soul mate and their marriage, Elaine is now tetherless, faced with widowhood and all the decisions that come with it, not least of which is what to do with her rambling, now-empty family home. Anxious to console their mother in her time of grief, Elaine's...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Mira
(first published 2008)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 99)
I hate writing this review, because I LOVED Gloria Goldreich's work for so long. However, after That Year of Our War, I noticed she did not release anything new for several years. I have never found anything online or anywhere else that said she was ill or something else was wrong, so I apologize if that is the case . . .but she has released three novels in the last few years. Walking Home and Dinner with Anna Karenina were just ok (too many storylines in Dinner), but this one just annoyed me. T...more
On my quest to read all the Jewish-themed novels I can to help me in my own novel writing, I stumbled upon this book. Next time, I'll watch where I'm going. Elaine and her husband had a relationship that shut out their four children. When the husband dies, Elaine finds herself adrift, literally. She visits her ultra-Orthodox daughter in Jerusalem; goes with her stubbornly single daughter to Russia to adopt a daughter; her son who is in a troubled marriage in California; and her gay son and his p...more
When Elaine Gordon's husband Neil, a psychiatrist, suddenly drops dead of an aneurysm, Elaine is devastated by the loss. She sets out to discover a new relationship with her four adult children, while at the same time finding solace in her art. She is a skilled and creative ceramicist whose works are in demand around the country. From her home in Westchester, NY she travels to the homes of each son and daughter for extended visits: with Sarah, mother of four and living in an Orthodox community i...more
This book is one step above a Harlequin romance. It is geared toward a woman of a certain age. Her marriage which ends abruptly when her husband dies was idyllic. My husband and I have had a great marriage for 39 years now, but I recognize trite exageration when I read it. There is no marriage this perfect. She uses $50 word when a $5 word will do. This is a sign of an insecure and mediocre author. There is more wisdom in each of Alexander McCall Smith's no.1. Ladies Detective Agency slim and si...more
A nice story, about a woman who loses her love of her life (her husband) and seeks to find the relationships with her children that she never really had....Did I like it? Um, well, my dad passed away a a few years ago, so I cried a little....recently divorced, not sure I ever had that "love of my life", so I cried again....and it was ok. That being said, my mom read it and really enjoyed it.