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Missing (A Sandstone Book)

Michelle Herman

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ISBN 10: 0814205194 / ISBN 13: 9780814205198
Published by Ohio State University, 1991
Condition: Collectible: Good Soft cover
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Signed Nice paperback. Vertical crease on back cover. No spine crease. Light wear. Personalized inscription (to Misha) signed by author on half-title page. Text is clean, unmarked. (Shelf location: B) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included. Bookseller Inventory # 057534

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Title: Missing (A Sandstone Book)

Publisher: Ohio State University

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Good

Signed: ISigned

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Eighty-nine-year-old Rivke Vasilevsky discovers her crystal beads missing and becomes lost in a reverie in which she attempts to make sense of all that has happened to her in her life

From Publishers Weekly:

Short story writer Herman, who teaches creative writing at Ohio State, has taken a major chance with her first novel. It is set in the claustrophobic world inhabited by an elderly Jewish widow, Rivke Vasilevsky. She lives alone in a Brooklyn apartment, so frail she can barely hoist herself out of the bathtub, often dozing through the days, then insomniac at night. Her life is constructed from her memories, and from phone calls from her children, particularly her favorite granddaughter, Rachel. The book's title refers to a packet of beads from a beloved old dress, which unaccountably disappears, and the turmoil this causes the old lady. It is, then, a slight tale, no more than a novella in length; but it has a density that suggests a much bigger book. Herman's ear is perfect; she employs exemplary narrative skills to ensure that the monotony and gloom of Rivke's life do not also infect the reader, and the result is a small triumph: the creation of a character, and a way of life, in all their poignant human complexity. There must be hundreds of women like Rivke who would be consoled by this deeply understanding study of old age.
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