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From Where I Stand

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September 1, 2021

Bur­dened by a trou­bled his­to­ry with her moth­er, Eliz­a­beth strug­gles to raise her own teenage daugh­ter dif­fer­ent­ly. Although she wants to cel­e­brate when Belle receives an oppor­tu­ni­ty miles away in New York City, she fears this will fur­ther their estrange­ment. Worse, Belle will be raised by her grand­moth­er-the per­son from whom Eliz­a­beth has pur­pose­ful­ly dis­tanced her­self. While Belle is delight­ed to move to Man­hat­tan and Grand­moth­er Lil­lian looks for­ward to vic­ar­i­ous­ly enjoy­ing her suc­cess, Eliz­a­beth vol­un­teers to focus her ener­gy on a young girl who has been removed from her home and, unlike Belle, wants noth­ing more than to be moth­ered. The con­nec­tions of these women to the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties in which they were raised, from which they’ve fled and to which they’ve grav­i­tat­ed, help them nego­ti­ate the jour­ney for­ward, but the dis­clo­sure of a long-buried secret threat­ens to keep them apart for­ev­er. Car­o­line Gold­berg Igra’s From Where I Stand explores the chal­lenge of being a moth­er, the frus­tra­tion of being a daugh­ter, and the heart wrench­ing com­plex­i­ty of being both.

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