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From a Sealed Room

RACHEL KADISH

ISBN 10: 0399143009 / ISBN 13: 9780399143007
Published by Putnam Pub Group October 1998, 1998
Used Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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SIGNE BY AUTHOR Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Price Clipped. Former owner's dedication gift to a friend on half T.page. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. The sealed room in which an Israeli family sleeps during the Iraqi SCUD attacks is the point of departure for an extraordinary journey through war and memory to new hope. The author's debut novel introduces three women trapped by different circumstances yet united in their desire for liberation. Price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 20101119106155

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Title: From a Sealed Room

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group October 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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There is one window partially open across the room. A strip of tape hangs from the frame, as if someone had started to peel it away but become absentminded. The other window is sealed on all sidesand I wonder why they haven't bothered to unseal the windows. It's as if they never really left this room, as if someone still lives here, secretive and quiet, awaiting the next war. As if once the windows have been sealed, you never really leave. Both humorous and redemptive, From a Sealed Room explores the lives of three women trapped within the walls of war, the memory of unbearable pasts and the sense of unlivable presents. Tami approaches crisis with her son, Dov, against the backdrop of their sealed room--the room in which the family slept during the Iraqi Scud attacks. Maya is an American student caught in a physically abusive relationship with an Israeli man. Shifra is isolated in her apartment, alone with her memories of pre World War II Poland and her apocalyptic visions. Their painful and graceful stories intertwine as the women begin to break free of their circumstances, their sealed rooms. Ultimately, each character must make her own choice whether to risk unsealing a window or door, or even stepping outside into uncertain daylight.

About the Author:

Rachel Kadish has published fiction in Story (included in the most recent Pushcart Prize Anthology and nominated for a National Magazine Award), Prairie Schooner, and Modern Maturity. An excerpt from this, her first novel, appeared in Bomb. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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