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346 pages, Hardcover
First published January 9, 2018
"And what if I change?" It seems impossible that Varya's future is already inside her like an actress just offstage, waiting decades to leave the wings.
"Then you'd be special. 'Cause most people don't."
BEWARE the woman on Hester Street.
As the story begins, it's 1969 New York when four bored adolescent siblings....just for a bit of fun....pool their allowances and sneak out to track down a Seer they heard tell about who could predict the date of their death.
What they discover changes each life forever.
One by one, the individual stories are told, the dates of demise divulged as we follow a young Varya 13, Daniel 11, Klara 9 and Simon 7 throughout their often heartbreaking, challenging and tumultuous lives while experiencing the closeness of family, the devastation of loss and a uniquely plotted work of fiction.
Take note, that the first story is particularly graphic (and predictable) but indicative of the times and a 1960's San Francisco. There are also a few other (quick) descriptions of bodily changes mentioned here and there that I found bizarre and rather unnecessary, and, last but not least, as an animal lover, 'part' of one storyline was quite bothersome.
Overall though, each story is an interesting tale in itself....with a message....that culminates into one thought-provoking read....Would you want to know?