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Forgiving Maximo Rothman by A.J. Sidransky
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it was amazing
bookshelves: cultural, current_issues, historical, mystery, relationships, romance, spiritual, suspense

Forgiving Maximo Rothman jumps straight into scenes of clashing cultures on the streets of New York. A Jewish son can’t accept a ride to the hospital when he hears his father’s been attacked, because it’s a holy day. A Jewish cop can’t accept an attitude that places faith before family. And a Jewish young man may never fit in because his mind doesn’t work like everyone else’s. Add Spanish-speaking locals, surely not to be trusted. Reflect the clash of cultures in everyday relationships. Follow a journey across lands, dreams and history. Then you’ll have a picture of this wonderful book where each voice rings true, each attitude is built on genuine depths of feeling, and each pain and blame has its reasons in the past.

While a son (or more than one son) may need to forgive his father, the mystery in this tale is the question of who would have wounded old Maximo Rothman. The novel crosses lands and cultures, bringing Russian and German Jews together, and revealing the hurts of both histories. It’s a tale of fathers and sons, paternal dreams and filial longing for acceptance. The wisdom of the old combines with the innocence of youth, and authority in its many curious guises reigns over all.

Forgiving Maximo Rothman is beautifully presented, with Maximo’s diaries neatly threaded into the tale, and unobtrusive footnotes explaining terms that may be foreign to readers. Dialog rings true, authentically rendered with just enough translation to keep it clear. Scenery is gorgeously evocative, from Russia’s Siberia, to Sosua in the Dominican Republic, to the streets of Washington Heights. Characters are pleasingly deep and believable. Tragedy feels real. And history and geography come to life. It’s a beautiful book, with a wonderful message for a world where life may indeed be too short for the pain of unforgiveness.

Disclosure: I was given a free copy during the author’s blog tour and I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 17, 2015 – Shelved
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: cultural
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: current_issues
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: historical
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: mystery
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: relationships
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: romance
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: spiritual
March 17, 2015 – Shelved as: suspense
March 17, 2015 – Finished Reading

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