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Title: Next of Kin [novel, Fiction, Story, Saga, ...
Publisher: Zephyr Press 1991, Minor Water Damage to Bottom of Spine and Pages
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hard back
Illustrator: Dust Cover Illustrated
Book Condition: Good Clean Cond.
Dust Jacket Condition: Yes / Good
Signed: Signed & Insc. By Author
Book Type: Family Drama / Fiction
About this title
In this searing novel of family, grief, and memory, a Canadian Jewish family is flung back together by the loss of one of its members at the hands of a drunken driver. The bereaved must now strive to keep alive the memory of Esther Persky sister, wife and mother.
Short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award
"The author brings us so completely into her characters’ lives that we cannot help but care about every occurrence. Zeitlin is a fluid writer, moving from past to present with seamless ease." Publishers Weekly
Highly recommended for fiction collections.” Library Journal
Through detailed description, the author has drawn a convincing portrait of a family shaken by tragedy.” Quill & Quire (Canada)
Next of Kin grapples with important moral issues, and its arguments, counterbalanced and genuinely probing, are those best made in fiction.” The Forward
Wrenching in its sorrow.” Los Angeles TimesFrom Publishers Weekly:
This affecting novel begins with a violent car crash in which Esther Persky is thrown from a VW and killed. The narrator, Esther's sister, proceeds to weave events of family history, particularly those that relate to her dead sibling, with present-day scenes in which relatives converge to mourn their loss. Sarah details the sisters' childhood in Toronto as part of a devoutly religious Jewish family. Although the girls go their different ways spiritually, theirs is a symbiotic bond in which the younger Sarah plays the role of protector, shielding her sister from the cruel realities of growing up. All this changes when Esther meets the unstable Hank, the man of her dreams, at the Jewish Canteen at the end of WW II. The sisters become estranged as Sarah moves to New York, develops a career, gets married and has a child, while Esther remains miserable, childless and hopelessly suburban. The situations Zeitlin ( Mira's Passage ) relates are fairly ordinary, yet the author brings us so completely into her characters' lives that we cannot help but care about every occurrence. Zeitlin is a fluid writer, moving back and forth from past to present with seamless ease.
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