Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday February 27, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Nancy Reisman

 

continued

Nancy Reisman's success is measured by how much she makes us care about these people. Her prose is evocative, the chapters alternating among the various points of view to yield glimpses into the characters' inner lives. Here is a moment near the end of the book where Sadie, the most "ordinary" of the siblings, recognizes the fragility of her world:



Sometimes a free afternoon downtown — Main Street flooded with speeding coats and hats, and the rush of voices, and the brick buildings gilded and slightly pink, the clouds orange and violet before dusk — seems wholly enough. It is a good life, she's sure, though she doesn't know why it seems so tentative and airy, or why the past seems to spring up at her as if in defiance, or how to name what she feels....

As the novel moves to its conclusion, as Goldie's disappearance is resolved and understood by the people who have loved her, I think most readers will find themselves, as I did, completely caught up in the small world of the Cohen family, completely convinced by the rightness of this novelist's vision.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Map of Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available Map of Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Ann Arbor Trains Ann Arbor Trains
iDrink's Bubbly DrinkMate - Table talk: January... iDrink's Bubbly DrinkMate - Table talk: January...
Once Upon a  Grill - Quick bite: February 2017 Once Upon a Grill - Quick bite: February 2017
Nicki Wilson and Christy Jones Retire from Reta... Nicki Wilson and Christy Jones Retire from Reta...
Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017 Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017
Calendar This Week - Films Calendar This Week - Films
A Makeover for babo - Quick bite: January 2017 A Makeover for babo - Quick bite: January 2017
Parking Squeeze - The city wants downtown parki... Parking Squeeze - The city wants downtown parki...
Your guide to summer camps and activities for kids.