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In Case Were Separated: Connected Stories by Alice Mattison 0066213770 9780066213774
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In Case Were Separated: Connected Stories by Alice Mattison

A broken kitchen appliance leads Bobbie Kaplowitz -- a single mother of a six-year-old son -- to a new understanding of love and life in the title story of In Case Were Separated, Alice Mattisons family chronicle of interrelated stories. Spanning the twentieth century, In Case Were Separated looks at a family of Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s, and follows their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they all lead urban, emotionally turbulent lives against the backdrop of political assassinations, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS epidemic. The title story, which appeared in Best American Short Stories 2002, begins with Bobbie in 1954 Brooklyn. Subsequent stories deal with Bobbies son, Bradley, a gay man living outside Boston with his partner and playing detective after a cousins girlfriend is assaulted at knifepoint. Other stories concern two sisters: one is an editor, always trying to figure out just how Jewish she is, always trying to get through to her troubled sister. The sister, a would-be suicide during the 1960s and 1970s, reappears as a shaky Prozac miracle, helping others and scrambling to hold on to happiness in her middle-aged life. The sisters keep looking for the right man, and the next-to-the-last story includes a midlife wedding and the gathering of what remains of this varied clan. The sisters aunt Sylvia appears and reappears throughout the book. Shes a schoolteacher who always knows whats best for everyone; later, shes a middle-aged woman still trying to hold on to hope -- and looking for her next affair -- despite an aging mother, an unhappy son, and the election of Ronald Reagan. Later still, with failing eyesight, she hangs on to dignity in her own old age, not wanting to ask her busy, professional daughter whether her shoes match. Alice Mattisons recent novel The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman was called quietly splendid by the New York Times . The Los Angeles Times has called her a writers writer. In In Case Were Separated, Mattisons gift for storytelling and ability to create rich, multidimentional characters prove, once again, that she is a master of her craft.

Author: Alice Mattison

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 240

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: 2005-10-11

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