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Synopsis: Ordinary Paradise offers the moving story of a young girl's reaction to the early loss of her mother with its persisting consequences, as they affect choices the author has made with regard to her own family and future.
From the Publisher: "ORDINARY PARADISE shows how a devastating loss, acknowledged or not, can seep through the family psyche. Furman, whose novels include TUXEDO PARK, writes a dreamy, imagistic prose. By turns emotionally muted and fiercely angry, she is forthright about the possible distortions of memory".(H)onesty and heroic appeal."--Andrea Cooper, The New York Times Book Review"
Unlike many recent self-serving and self-loving memoirs, this account feels like an honest attempt to understand and ease an ancient pain. It is a privilege to be allowed to accompany the author on the journey."--The Boston Globe
"In her graceful, compelling memoir, ORDINARY PARADISE, Furman details an adolescence full of grief and devoid of guidance from her father and new stepmother, and the moving process of healing the wounds of her youth".Her decision to take drastic measures to avoid her mother's fate is a stark illustration of the enduring strength of maternal love."--SELF Magazine, November, 1998
"Her indignation still burns (as does the reader's) toward those who wounded her, but she takes care to treat them tactfully and judiciously. This memoir is the purified product of much reflection, much internal struggle".Furman's memory is a beautifully tuned instrument. Writing about her family's summer house in rural New Jersey, she reconstructs an innocent, imaginative childhood, sheltered and free, of a kind that hardly exists anymore."--The Houston Chronicle"
Furman describes with excruciating sensitivity what happens when families refuse to acknowledge ordinary grief. Because this posture within families is all too common, Furman's memoir resonates beyond her personal experience and touches a familiar chord.(H)er ability to accomplish her own mental healing is a triumph."--Austin American-Statesman
"Laura Furman is best known for her fiction in (which) she limns the territory of relationships in all their complexities, frustrations and fulfillments. But Furman deserves a wider audience for her newest book, "Ordinary Paradise." In this haunting, highly personal book, Furman tells the story of an unusually rich and happy childhood, but she also addresses a health issue significant in many women's lives and the lives of those who love them: the threat of cancer and how we react to it. "Furman's story becomes a sort of piecing together of the puzzle, of trying to reconstruct her mother from distant memories. It is those memories, and her own experience of becoming a wife and mother, that bring Furman to her defining moment. Will she wait, as her mother did, for the diagnosis of a familial disease that has a 1-in-2 chance of killing her as it did her grandmother and mother? Or will she act to ensure a future for herself that was denied these two women?"---Judyth Rigler, San Antonio Express-News
"Laura Furman's deeply felt memoir of her childhood begins in light, moves through darkness and ends in a light strengthened by shadows. She describes her childhood in New York and New Jersey in telling detail (the image of apartment houses as drawers stuffed with lives is especially vivid) and does not ignore the instability that led her to destructive behavior, therapy and hospitalization after her mother's death. Minnie Furman is the center of the book, just as she was the centerpiece of family members' lives, and her daughter's portrayal of the ways her death affected them is heart-wrenching.---Dallas Morning News
"Ordinary Paradise will be provocative reading for many women and Laura Furman has bravely raised an issue that should be much on our minds."--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Title: Ordinary Paradise: A Memoir
Publisher: Winedale Publishing
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.
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