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Home in the Morning

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Glickman’s debut novel—available now as an ebook
A powerful debut from a new literary talent, this novel tells the story of a Jewish family confronting the tumult of the 1960s—and the secrets that bind its members together
Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Ma
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to read this-a present to myself-a book by a brilliant friend. Due to obligations last week, I had no time to read this until now. And so on this cold day, I am hanging out with this incredible story and my afghan. :-)

I have to be upfront and say that Mary is my friend so I opened her book with a bit of trepidation along with excitement. I have other acquaitances who have written books and I have to admit I put them aside after a few pages. But during the second or third chapter
Martha Davis
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of Home in the Morning from Book Club Girl to prepare for her Blog Talk Radio, Book Club Girl on the Air interview with Mary Glickman. Sadly, the day after I won it my Nook power cord died and I wasn’t able to read it in time for the interview. I did listen anyway and it only made me want to read the book more. (You can click on the link to hear the interview)

Well, I was finally able to charge my Nook and the first thing I did was to read Home in the Morning.

Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really engrossing read with interlocking stories of Jackson, a Jew raised in the South, Katherine Marie, an African American about his age, who crosses paths with Jackson at a young age, Stella, Jackson's irrepressible wife, a Jew rasied in Boston, and Li'l Boaky, an African American man who was one of Jackson's first friends. The timeline moves back and forth through three major points in time: Jackson's childhood, the summer of a pivotal incident, and the present day. Don't want to say much mo ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
A story about Jackson Sassaport, son of the jewish town doctor, and his life growing up in Guilford Mississippi in the 1950’s. The story is centered around Jackson’s experiences and troubles with race, religion, prejudices, social class, friendship, and secrets kept. It was interesting to me because this boy was disliked by some because he was jewish, yet he was expected to treat blacks differently as well. I enjoyed reading this book, as it gave me a new perspective on growing up in the south d ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Wow, what a story of tensions on so many fronts. North vs. South, black vs. white, Jews vs. Southern society, Orthodox Jews vs. Reform Jews, civil rights, brother vs. brother are all displayed in this novel. Interesting storytelling device, starting in 1995 and looking back at various incidents in the lives of the characters to show how they were changed and transformed. The author's style is such that dialogue is not enclosed in quotation marks, so very different stylistically. Great story that ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although Home in the Morning touches briefly on generations before the mid-20th century, its main story spans the turbulent and transitional period between the early 1950’s through the 1990’s in the town of Guilford, Mississippi. The story revolves around the Sassaport family, a Reform Jewish family, living in the Deep South during this period. To read the rest of my review, go to
Lisa Cermak
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Glickman's book! The characters spoke in authentic voices, the themes were captivating, and the story itself brought back memories of the turbulent 60s! I can highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good read! I wasn't excited about reading it on the Kindle (I like to hold my books), but once I got started, I couldn't put it down - and now you can get it in paperback. I'm looking forward to Glickman's next one, soon I hope!
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mary Glickman turns this relationship novel into a page turner. I often find myself rushing through the what can feel like background when a good story line is slowly being revealed, the four main character and their life experiences kept me riveted to the page. ANd while I often find a book dealing with a social ill such as racism can become didactic, Mary Glickman never allows her message to remove us from her story.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
A lovely book about the lifetime of a Southern Jewish man and his friends and acquaintances in the Civil Right's Era and the aftermath of that era. I loved the characters and I also loved that while the author did a back and forth in time through the writing, it never left you so hanging on the edge of a cliff that you wanted to skip ahead 30 pages to see what happened. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up except it was $3 for my Kindle. I'm glad I did tho, good read.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Home in the Morning takes place in the turbulant years of the 1950's and 60's, in Guilford, Mississippi. The Sassaport's, are a well to do Jewish southern family living in Mississippi.
Jackson, is the eldest son, and is overly protected by his mother, a genteel southern lady.

Living in the south during the 1960's was horrible enough, but in this story the divide of White, Black, Christian or Jewish was worse. There were hazing, beatings, civil rights movement, and anything to cause the divide of
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this book was…interesting. For me, reading this book was stepping way out of my comfort zone (I am more of a chick-lit, fun, light, scandalicious (yes, that is my word) type of book reader. Occasionally, I pick up a “heavy” book full of deep thought and insight.

This was that book.

Bookclub recommendation: Don’t go from the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy to this one. The adjustment is pretty brutal.

It took me forever and a day to get through this book. I am a heavy book reader. Although I ca
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The premise of the book sounded intriguing - Southern "reform" Jewish family living in the South, protagonist Jackson observing the racism against the Black population while facing anti-semitism both overt and discreet. The author sends Jackson north to Yale where he comes across a Jewish girl from a more conservative Jewish family and her snobby family (who for poorly described reasons doesn't seem to like her, or anyone).

The execution is inconsistent. There were some story lines that were ver
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well, I didn't really think I'd come across a new "take" on the Southern novel, but this one is probably it. Glickman has done a really good job of presenting some characters with strong, original personalities, and a slightly different emphasis on the more traditional "strong Southern woman," as well.

The story moves from the late 50s-early 60s in Mississippi, where the civil rights movement is beginning, then shifts forward in time to 1995 and presents the same characters in their present live
Alexie Milton
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book with a sigh of satisfaction. It's nice to have a book that's about relationships - real relationships - that's both intimate while still being strong. What I particularly liked was the unusual voice, that's new and different without being hard work because it's so 'literary.

I was quite surprised to see that people thought it ended abruptly. What I liked most about the book is that it doesn't fall into the trap of being some cliched Southern plot that ends up in a court room w
Carl Kowalski
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Home in the Morning is spectacular, filled with detail but never losing sight of the big picture, a terrific slice of life from a watershed period in our country's history and told from an intriguing point of view. Mary Glickman's vivid sense of character and place, and how they inform action, renders her first published novel compelling and seductive: I can't wait for the next one! I'm sure many of her earlier, unpublished works should now see the light of day, and the reading public will be we ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Mary Glickman's debut novel and absolutely loved it. It was refreshing to read a piece of literature as opposed to the slapdash simplistic stuff that usually populates the best seller lists. Writing about race and religion can be a tricky task but Glickman handled it authentically with wonderful insight and perspective surely gained from her own experience. Her characters were real and not contrived. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this promising newly-publishe ...more
Bailey Caskey
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a solid read. Interesting story, layered (& like-able) characters, well written, intriguing. I wouldn't say it was a riveting book, but the story definitely kept me coming back for more. The characters were well developed, believable, and empathetic. I very much enjoyed the writing style of this book as it made me feel I was being told by a highly sophisticated southern gentleman. I must admit, the "incident" which this book surrounds was, for me, anti-climactic (as well as the big ...more
Ellie Revert
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brent and I read this out loud on our return car trip from CA. It's great--it's painful---it was one of the best books we ever read. So thought provoking. Switches back and forth from the 60's to the 90's--about a fine young man from outside Jackson, MS---his life journey including his time at Yale---his name is actually Jackson, and his wife, Stella. He's Southern and Jewish---not an easy thing to be in the 60's.
Margaret Cerilli
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Glickman's Home in the Morning is a great read! Perfect for my post-holiday wind-down day on the couch. I quickly became immersed in the story, and Glickman's vivid descriptions made me feel as though I was visiting the South on a hot summer day.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another good summer read. The story of two Southern families set against the civil rights movement.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
A very disappointing read. I found the character development very superficial, and the story arc almost meaningless. When the book ends abruptly, I wondered why it had ever started....
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story, but there are no quotation marks in this book at all. Also, the author puts her own family photos at the back, which I thought was a little odd.
Joann Collins
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again
Wonderful story, well told, interesting characters, beautifully written!!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read this novel -- it's worth reading for people interested in the Civil Rights movement era and its impact on Southerners both white and black, and it adds an additional with its focus on a Southern Jewish man. But while it deals with big themes, it's also a story about a man and his complicated relationships with his wife, his African American female friend, his family, and his society in general. I think shows the challenge that Jewish Southerners faced in a society dominated by th ...more
This novel is a disturbing yet fascinating character study of the 1960s civil rights struggles. Sometimes difficult to read, but rewarding.
Betsy Olinger
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half was slow and a bit confusing with the time jumping back and forth. The 2nd half was MUCH better. It is a good book for community reads and book clubs. ...more
Pati Walker Miller
Basic Overview: Jackson Sassaport: a white Jewish lawyer born and raised in Mississippi. Stella Godwin: his wife, also Jewish, from Boston. Katherine Marie: his black boyhood sweetheart. Li'l Bokay: his first friend, and later Katherine's husband. To say more about how these four central characters relate would be to spoil the experience of reading Mary Glickman's Home in the Morning. For its very structure—the intimate interweaving of character and story, the accomplished non-linear unraveling ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
I won this book as an Early Review through Librarything. I started reading this book today and can tell that I will not be able to finish it. This is not to say that the author, Mary Glickman, may not be a fine writer. This is only to say that her style of writing does not meet to my style of reading. First of all, I do not like books that are filled with description. I love dialogue, which brings me to the next point. The dialogue in this book is not conversation. No quotation marks are used th ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was interesting to read, but not that great. The chapters switch back and forth between present day and the past. I don't think the author really did this smoothly. I didn't feel connected to the characters even though the story was interesting. It takes place in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. It looks at the relationship between a white family and the black girl that works for them. In the first few chapters the characters refer to a fight that has happened ...more
Joan Cobb
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked "The Help" much better, which is somewhat during the same time frame and touches some of the same issues. This novel is based on not revealing a secret and the events that occur because of this. Why the novel is entitled "Home in the Morning" does not tell enough about the content and as I was having trouble with my Kindle, I kept losing the book and could not remember the title. The character development and style I did like, but the abrupt ending reminded me again that when reading on ...more
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Born Mary Kowalski on the south shore of Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Glickman grew up the fourth of seven children in a traditional Irish-Polish Catholic family. Her father had been a pilot in the Army Air Force and later flew for Delta Air Lines. From an early age, Mary was fascinated by faith. Though she attended Catholic school and as a child wanted to become a nun, her attention eventually tur ...more