Always in My Mind

 
9780006174806: Always in My Mind

From the author of CASSA, a reissue of a novel first published in 1988, about the friendship between a young Jewish boy and a lonely little girl in postwar Dublin.

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Like the young Catholic Dubliner in this first novel, the reader is a spectator at the tumultuous events in her life. Lia, a convent student, is early shut out from the love of her mother, a frivolous woman widowed by WW I. Though she finds comfort in the nurturance of her grandmother, it is in others that Lia seeks fulfillment. So her first, secret and only love is given to Tadek, son of a neighboring, equally poor, Jewish family. When war brings intimations of the Holocaust, Tadek, now a doctor, joins underground partisan friends on the continent. Lia is 30 before she is reunited with Tadek, who is dying as a result of Auschwitz internment, and in the passage of those years she experiences great emotional stress and spiritual loss. A continuing thread throughout her life is a love-hate relationship with her sexually abusive stepfather. Despite this conflict and the experience of religious hypocrisy in the tight-knit Irish community, Lia is buoyed by the consummation of her secret love. The mixed society of Dublin between the wars is warmly evoked by an author who has written for the Irish theater.
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After her father is killed in World War I, Lia is emotionally abandoned by her mother. She is sustained by her relationships with her grandmother, a family servant, and a poor Jewish student named Tadek. The six-year-old girl meets Tadek while he is studying for his premed exams and at once decides she will marry him. Tadek eventually returns her love, but they are not united until the end of World War II, when Tadek is dying from his brutal treatment in Auschwitz. Set in Dublin, the story works only if the reader can swallow the central premise of Lia's determined love, which barely wavers in over 20 years. Several subplots and minor characters contribute some plausibility to the whole but cannot overcome the major weakness. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
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