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Open Doors

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 October 21st 2008 by Mira (first published 2008)
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Feb 05, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I don't remember why I picked up this book. It's been on my shelf a couple of years.
Having read almost everything on my shelf, I looked at it again and feared it was going to be depressing; but it was something to read (I don't much care for TV).
I'm neither a widow nor Jewish but I am the daughter of a widow, a wife, a mom and a grandmother. I could identify with the lead character on some levels and was surprised with the quality of the story.
As the widow begins to relate to the lives of her
Jan Prucnal
Jan 30, 2014 Jan Prucnal rated it liked it
Storyline was universal: parents trying to understand their grown kids' lives. There was interesting interplay between the mother and each of her adult children.
The writing was an easy -nature style; the main negative comment is that descriptions and dialogue were too " flowery." eg: "the dying light of the long bewildering day" ...or " the hard leaf-shadowed earth" or " trees canopied by graceful silver leaves" ...A simpler wording would be my preference.
That said, it's an enjoyable read...and
Efrem Sigel
Feb 09, 2009 Efrem Sigel rated it really liked it
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
Robin Scharff
Jul 09, 2009 Robin Scharff rated it did not like it
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
Jennifer S. Brown
Mar 20, 2015 Jennifer S. Brown rated it did not like it
Shelves: jewish-books
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
Lauren Kramer
Sep 20, 2009 Lauren Kramer rated it it was ok
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
Carolyn Russett
Jul 06, 2015 Carolyn Russett rated it really liked it
I liked this book. especially liked to see how Elaine renewed relationships with all four of her children. I wanted a bit more at the end== to see how she would continue the new relationships she had made with each child. easy read..good beach era
Jul 08, 2012 Faith rated it liked it
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.
Nov 29, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
A nice story about a woman (from Westchester!) who suddenly loses her husband and has to find herself. Interesting how she develops a new relationship with each of her 4 very different children. Sort of predictable but a nice , light sort of read.
Jan 27, 2009 Donna is currently reading it
An interesting story about being widowed and how your children view you as a parent and a person. Worth reading
Aug 18, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok
By the time you get 1/3 done, the rest is predictable.
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Gloria Goldreich graduated from Brandeis University and did graduate work in Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was a coordinator in the Department of Jewish Education at National Hadassah and served as Public Relations Director of the Baruch College of the City University of New York.

While still an undergraduate at Brandeis, she was a winner of the Seventeen magazine short
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