In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories

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Harper Collins, Nov 21, 2006 - Fiction - 240 pages
21 Reviews

Spanning the length and breadth of the twentieth century, Alice Mattison's masterful In Case We're Separated looks at a family of Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s and follows the urban, emotionally turbulent lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren against a backdrop of political assassination, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS epidemic. Beginning with the title story, which introduces Bobbie Kaplowitz—a single mother in 1954 Brooklyn whose lover is married and whose understanding of life is changed by a broken kitchen appliance—Mattison displays her unparalleled gift for storytelling and for creating rich, multidimensional characters, a gift that has led the Los Angeles Times to praise her as "a writer's writer."

 

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Wonderful writing, deceptively simple. - Goodreads
The ending was rather unsatisfying. - Goodreads
Ruth Hillsberg - Ms. Insight - had guessed nothing. - Goodreads

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Thirteen stories connecting the members of a Jewish immigrant family in the States across the span of a century. From the book itself: "She picked up her two handbags - a big black purse and a black ... Read full review

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Wonderful writing, deceptively simple. Read full review

Contents

In Case Were Separated
1
Not Yet Not Yet
19
Am Not Your Mother
32
In the Dark Who Pats the Air
55
Brooklyn Sestina
74
Ms Insight
157
Pastries at the Bus Stop
201
The Odds It Would Be You
217
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About the author (2006)

Alice Mattison is the award-winning author of four story collections and five novels, including Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn. She teaches fiction in the graduate writing program at Bennington College in Vermont and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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