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I just finished listening to Linda Lavin reading a Selected Shorts short story and she was excellent. When I started this book I was let down by the huge difference in Metzger's reading when I compared it to the other narration done by Lavin. Through the first half of the listen I couldn't stop wishing that they had chosen a different narrator. In the end I thought that Metzger did an acceptable job--not great--just ok. I think the book would have been so much brighter and dynamic with a more animated reader.
I enjoyed this story of a large multigenerational family who worked together at the family department store and summered together at their cottage on Bagel Beach. The writing showed slices of life through different character perspectives using the voice of one daughter--Molly. Poliner really captured each character and their inner experience subtly. I just loved the detail of life in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
To me this was a poignant and artfully written look at life from a different time now long gone. Definitely sad in parts but the complexity and fleeting nature of life were beautifully captured.
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I almost quit reading the book with all of the detail about the Jewish ritual details, especially with Mort, but I'm so glad I didn't. A wonderful story about family, commitment, choices and love....
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