Emotional Arithmetic

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St. Martin's Press, 1995 - Fiction - 201 pages
At the heart of Emotional Arithmetic is a memorable woman: Melanie Winters, mother and lover, middle-aged, eccentric, courageous, quirkily unpredictable - and deeply marked by her past. For behind Melanie's present life lies the terrible story of how, as a girl, she was interned at Drancy in Paris - the way-camp to Auschwitz, where she realized that her parents would never return. For two years, the friendship of an English boy, Christopher Lewis, and the protection of an older man, Jakob Bronski, helped her survive.
Years later, Melanie is able to offer Bronski, now an elderly heroic Russian dissident and a veteran of a Soviet gulag, a home with her family. Christopher, meanwhile, has become a novelist, and he too reenters her life. As the two men converge, the past swiftly upsets Melanie's precarious mental balance. She must confront again the demons of her past, and the difficult balancing of guilt and love, good and evil, duty and desire.

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This is the second book by Matt Cohen that I have read. I read Elizabeth and After a year and a half ago and enjoyed it. I knew that I had this other book on my TBR pile and that I wanted to read it ... Read full review

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This book was originally published in 1990 but was re-issued in 2007 when it was made into a movie staring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Plummer. It's a good read and not overly long, moving from a ... Read full review

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Matt Cohen was born in Kingston, Ontario. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Toronto. He taught political philosophy at McMaster University in the late 60's. Between 1969 and 1999, he published more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry and two books for children, which won him the Toronto Arts Award. He was a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for short fiction and a recipient of the John Glassco Translation Prize. Matt Cohen was writer-in-residence at several Canadian universities and was a visiting professor at the University of Bologna in Italy in 1985. He taught a number of writers workshops and was a founding member of the Writers Union of Canada, where he serv Matt Cohen passed away on December 2, 1999, from lung cancer.

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