The Slow Way Back

The Slow Way Back

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Upon finding her mother's wedding dress, ten-year-old Thea was sure she had discovered a treasure. Trying the gown on, she easily envisioned the beautiful bride her mother must have been. But when her mother discovered her with the dress, the sight unleashed a shattering rage--the sting of her slap across Thea's face lasted a lifetime. Her mother's irrational anger, coupled with Thea's already strong feelings of disconnection with her father & only sister Mickey, caused Thea to feel like an outsider in her own family. Married to a non-Jewish man, unable to have children, &, her parents now dead, Thea acquires eight letters by her grandmother to her grandmother's sister written in Yiddish in the 1930s--just before & after Thea's parents' wedding. The cache of letters promises to answer some of Thea's life-long questions, but Mickey urges her not to have the letters translated. Trusting her own instincts, Thea has the letters deciphered & indeed begins to unravel the secrets of her own family. In the end, Thea faces sadness in her life, as well as the multitude of questions raised by these letters--questions about marriage, sisters, & what it means to belong.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780688165987
Branch Call Number: FICTION Goldman Judy 1999
Characteristics: 274 p. ;,25 cm.


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