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Malcolm is in jail for stealing, once again, from his latest new job, and Anthony's aunt and twin cousins settle into the Amedeos' fifth floor walk-up. Sharing a room with girls is excruciating for Anthony, despite his affinity for the twins. But the real change in Anthony's life comes one evening when he causes the unthinkable to happen, changing each family member's life forever.
Evoking all the plenty and optimism of postwar America, Sacred Time spans three generations, taking us from the Bronx of the 1950s to contemporary Brooklyn. Keenly observing the dark side of family, and its gracefulness, Hegi has outdone herself with this captivating novel about childhood's tenderness and the landscape of loneliness.
Hegi reveals how the transforming power of a singular event can reverberate through a family for generations.
"The dialogue is stripped down and funny; the family's problems are increasingly absorbing....expressed in language that often floats above the page....Sacred Time becomes more structurally intricate and more satisfying as it progresses." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By MP on 02-20-05
Wonderful Story and Narration
This is a wonderfully rich story, interweaved with unique characters possessing fears, quirks and frailities that meld together to form a complex tale of ethnic family life in the Bronx. The narration is wonderful and the ending poignant.
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By marsha26505 on 03-11-10
An extraordinary way of telling this story, with multiple characters telling their story, but in sequence--the story moves along with each new narrator. Ursula Hegi has a lovely ear for the language. I'm confused by the reviewer who had a problem with the "narrator's sardonic tone" since there are three narrators and they are all award-winning actors; I found them captivating.
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