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Repairing Rainbows

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  29 reviews
At thirteen years old, Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.

Published (first published June 15th 2010)
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Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the majority of this book in one day. I could not put it down. The detail in which it was written was unbelievable. Lynda Fishman is truly a remarkable person. Dealing with all of the heart wrenching tragedies that occurred in her life.

I found myself relating to many different feelings she expressed in the book. Bringing back memories of my own issues. It was inspiring to see how she handled the horrible things that happened to her and her family.

I would highly recommend this book to any
Geri Ahearn
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Lynda, Carla, and Wendy grew up in a home that was filled with riches. Their parents were not rich with money, but with love and happiness, which they shared with their family. There was never a dull moment, from smelling the aroma of delicious dinners coming from the kitchen, to hearing the dance steps of little feet as entertainment was performed with joy. The children knew a mother, who had a heart of gold, and a father who loved to giggle at his
Sandra Olshaski
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices
by Lynda Fishman (Rated: PA)
ISBN: 978-0-9866074-0-0
Published: June 15, 2010
Paperback, 270 pages

Reviewed by Sandra

Congratulations to Lynda Fishman on her notable memoir. Her recall of so many details of her past is impressive. Throughout the book we are reminded of how precious life is, that it can be snatched away in a moment and our world changed forever.

Despite the tragedies in her youth, Lynda Fishman was determin
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
On July 5, 1970, at the age of thirteen, the author lost her mother and two sisters in an Air Canada plane crash. The devastating loss would follow her forever, resurfacing at crucial moments in her life. But in this first person narration, the author describes not only her loss, but intersperses her tale with snippets of the joyful moments in her family life before the crash.

Thus we see the "before and after," which more fully illustrates the loss.

Her father's retreat into isolation feels like
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a family torn apart by a tragedy that affected hundreds if not thousands of lives and the fallout experienced everyday as a result. This is also the story of how one young girl made a choice to do everything she could to escape the cloud of despair that followed her (at times successfully) and found true friends, true family, and herself along the way.

'Repairing Rainbows' isn't simply a title, it's a belief. It's that visual lesson on a stormy day that things will be bright
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have read a few memoirs in my life but this is the first one I've reviewed. I find it hard because how can you review someones life experiences? I decided to review this one because Lynda Fishman's story sounded so compelling, I couldn't help myself. This was a well written, heartbreakingly inspired book. In this book Lynda Fishman lays all her cards on the table and shares the tragic story of the loss of her mother and two younger sisters in a plane crash. I found myself tearing up as she rec ...more
Pamela Levine
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read this book for a while. It is an extraordinary story. Lynda & her husband Barry both had childhoods that were not typical but they perservered & lived their lives as best as they could. I could have lived without the parts when they went to see the medium but other than that I am happy to have read her story. She really had a terrible time in her life when she needed her mother. It is not a happy go lucky story - extremely emotional. I would say this book deserves a 4 ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i gave this 5 stars for the challange it must have been for linda to write this account. To dredge up photos, memories, stories and the tragic event must have been half cathartic and half incredibly painful. a hard to put down tale of the plane crash which took the lives of her mother and 2 sisters, this book haunted me after i finished it. my one hmmmm were the visits to the psychic who channeled conversations between the author and her late family members.
Cheryl Pashlin
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was great!! To bare one's soul in such a way is an automatic 5 stars for me!! Lynda could be any one of us telling her story....your sister, your friend, your cousin or an acquaintance from down the street. The Montreal connection probably didn't hurt either but near the end I took my time not wanting it to end. A must read... ...more
Lynda Fishman
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Feedback From Readers:

I just wanted to let you know that your book affected me as few others have.
Reading your book has been such an inspiration for me. You are so courageous and so strong and the "choices" you have made certainly seems to have lead you to the happiness you so deserve. The book was absolutely incredible and you are so blessed to have had and continue to have so many wonderful people in your life to inspire you as I feel you will do with so many by telling your story.
Silvana Butler
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Repairing Rainbows is a remarkable true story of love, family, tragedy, hope, determination and inspiration.
The book vividly portrays Linda’s heart-breaking tragedy of losing her mother and two sisters at the tender age of 13, and the endless hardships and decisions she is faced with. Despite the horrific tragedy, Linda is determined to move forward in a positive way to find happiness in her life.
The book is deeply moving and beautifully written. The book is full of inspiring life lessons for
Stephanie Viola
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Repairing rainbows accounts the devastating, yet inspiring story of Lynda Fishman and her choice to live a happy, meaningful, and purposeful life after tragedy. The book is not only beautifully written and captivating, but it also teaches important lessons about how to cope with grief, loss, and challenges through positive choices and thoughts. I finished the whole book in one night as I was totally uplifted by her perseverance, determination and wisdom. Everyone can benefit from reading this bo ...more
Nancy Ross
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book

I loved this book. There were so many self help messages. As the story was told I felt I was part of the family. Looking forward to being able to hear Lynda speak Nov 7th on zoom.
Carol Sperling
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly inspirational
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, lgbtq, nonfiction
When you suffer a significant loss as a child - particularly the death of a parent or a sibling - that loss stays with you for your entire life. For people who haven't endured such tragedy, it's hard to explain why and how just thinking about those who are gone can still cause the surviving loved ones to still break down many years, and even decades, later.

Such is the story of Lynda Weinberg Fishman, whose mother and two sisters were killed on July 5, 1970 in an Air Canada plane crash. (The cau
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my book review blog Feeding My Book Addiction: http://feedingmybookaddiction.blogspo...

Lynda Fishman's memoir, Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy, and Choices, is a heartbreaking yet life affirming memoir detailing what happens when you don't let the worst event to ever happen to you define your life.

At the age of 13, Lynda Fishman loses her mother and two younger sisters in an Air Canada plane crash. She must face life without her mother just
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it

Repairing Rainbows is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and ultimately, inspirational story of love, loss, life, and family. At 13 years old, Lynda’s mother and two younger sisters were killed in a tragic plane accident. Her large and close-knit Jewish family come together in mourning, but her father, now left alone to raise his one remaining daughter, falls into a state of shock and depression.

Though Lynda was devastated and alone, she made her own choices in life, and decided to keep on living,
 Gigi Ann
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book. I feel like Lynda is struck in a time warp in 1970. It seems like she just cannot move on with her life. Every little thing causes her to return to her grief from 1970. There was so much detail and rehashing of what happened in 1970. She keeps saying 'we have choices, and she chooses to live.' But, for some reason she just could not let go of the past. No matter how much we rehash it, the past just can not be changed. So we the living have to move on with o ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
At the age of 13, Lynda Fishman lost her mother and her two younger sisters in a plane crash. She was left alone with her father, who was so devastated he became a completely different person, retreating into himself. Emotionally, Lynda was alone for the rest of her childhood.

Repairing Rainbows is a deeply personal memoir of Lynda's journey from a tragic childhood to a joyful adulthood. She shares stories of her family life before the crash and shows the stark contrast to life after. She shares
Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of memoirs, but time to time, one will capture my heart. One of them is Repairing Rainbows.

From a family with not a lot of money, the opportunity to fly to California for a cousin's Barmitzfah is like Christmas all rolled into one. The three sisters have never flown and are really looking forward to that and spending time with distant relatives. Young Lynda convinces her parents to let her fly ahead with relatives to get everything ready for their arrival. Then, her mom and t
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
It is hard to put my feelings about this book into words. It’s hard to think too much about it. It’s a very difficult story to read. That poor child. That poor, sweet child! I know she’s all grown up now, but reading this woman’s account of life after losing her family … heartbreaking. Perhaps it’s more so for me, the oldest of three sisters and mother of three children. Not only did she lose her sisters and her mother, she lost her father – her very much still physically alive father – as well. ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A heartbreaking story that from the beginning pulls you in to want to hear from the beginning the full tragedy, which allows you to completely enjoy the extreme hope. I was swept in because she had the ability to easily switch from telling the current events to jumping into the past to share a tidbit which provided depth and back story that was both enjoyable and informative.

Fortunately, I have not experienced such a tragedy, so to hear a story where she can end peacefully with a family and fulf
Lenore Webb
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading the true story of Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman. It reminded me of how important it is to take control of your life. To grow, heal and love once again, no matter your past. Her journey from losing her mother and two sisters at the young age of thirteen, growing with a father numb from the loss and the effects that carried into her adult life. I can only imagine the silence of a home filled with sadness. And how hard it is to pick up the job of homemaker without ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
I found this book very sad at times. But it was also very inspiring. Losing your mother and sisters in a plane crash is devastating enough, but Lynda also to all intent purposes lost her father too. As Lynda finds her way through all the obstacles of her life she meets a man, Barry, who also was an orphan, Barry and Lynda build a family. They are dedicated to helping others. I found this book very unique and very insightful. Lynda speaks very candidly about her life. If you haven't read this boo ...more
Sharon Vinderine
Wow, what an incredible story of perseverance in the face of adversity! So glad this book was recommended to me. Lynda and Barry are truly an inspirational couple who prove that no matter how horrible the circumstances one lives through; love, support and a will to survive can sometimes get your through the day. What they've accomplished together is nothing short of amazing and their story is worth reading. ...more
Eliza Fayle
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
On July 5, 1970, an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Los Angeles, crashed during stop over in Toronto. All 109 people on board were killed. One was Lynda’s mother, Rita. One was her older sister, Carla. One was her younger sister, Wendy.

On that same day, the soul of Lynda’s dad died. Lynda made a choice.

She chose to live. She chose to grow. She chose school, career, family.

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Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, this is a true story. I commend the author on sharing her story with the world as I know she probably had to bring up many hurts to do so. It is consistently depressing until the last few pages. I would not recommend reading this book if you want a pick me up or something that will make you laugh.
Vicky weiss
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
could not put this book down.
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