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This book is set in late 1940s Brooklyn and focuses on a close-knit large extended family who live and work together in the family box factory. The story clips along at an engaging speed with lots of dialogue, well developed characters and several convoluted family secrets.
The storytelling really shines in its ability to make the characters believable people you can care about. Even better, gradually and subtly the story becomes a mirror the author, Loigman, holds up to the reader. The listener may even be able to recognize people, behaviors, and choices from their own lives and family in these characters. In doing this, the author shows the often inept and unaware power family members have over one another. This, at times, makes the book thought provoking and insightful. At other times, the writing had some clunkiness to it and I'm hoping this will disappear with experience.
The narration was a bit wooden in spots but over all Kreinik did a good job capturing the feeling and tone of the time.
If you enjoy multi-character complex family dramas set in distinct historic locations you might just like this book. I really enjoyed it.
P.S. I agree with another reviewer -- I hope we hear more about Judith -- maybe book 2?
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
This was an fabulous story about the intricate tangled relationships that evolve when 2 brothers, with very different temperaments, marry after WWII and their young families grow up in a two family house in Brooklyn.The brothers also own a family business. This book provided my book club with hours of great discussion. There was so much to ponder. We all highly recommend it.
The only downside to me was that the narrators voice was a bit grating. It didn't ruin the story!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
A great story with beautifully complex characters. I lived listening to this on audible.
This is a story of two families who are forever bound together by a very big secret.
Through the ups and downs of all characters this story ebbs and flows wuth tears and laughter... a great story and excellent narration