This tale of a sixty-year love affair examines the age-old question of why we love the people we do. A beautiful, charismatic and wildly successful man is adored by a woman. Even as children growing up together in Chicago’s Jewish north side neighborhoods, attending Jewish youth groups and summer camps, he held the power. Never married to each other, but bound throughout their lives by tragedy and friendship, Elliot defined the terms of their relationship, until finally, in old age, the power shifts. Looking at the roles of beauty, insanity, magic, deceit, consolation, sensory fulfillment, and, finally, being seen, Judith Sherman explores why she loved Elliot Pine — a relationship that impinged on every other in her life. In old age, after marriages to others, children, moves to opposite coasts, Judith reflects on how the pattern established in sixth grade was one that persisted their whole lives: a relationship that was a cocktail mix of rivalry and loyalty — shaken with a strong dose of resentment and passion.
Love is a Rebellious Bird
A touching illustration of a sixty-year relationship between a girl and boy from early childhood to old age. Over time there is a power shift from one to another as their lives intersect. From first love to last love, Love Is a Rebellious Bird by Elayne Klasson explores the manner in which someone special always holds a place in our heart. This book illustrates that our connections help us deal with the obstacles we all encounter. Along the way the main characters, Judith and Eliot, engage in making us question the lengths one might go to retain that bond. This work was chosen as its message will resonate with readers who may be facing challenging life decisions now; realizing we will all experience the vicissitudes of life sooner or later. This poignant novel addresses the nature of love and commitment (through a Jewish lens) and is a remarkable depiction of such.
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