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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road E-riginal (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453201297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453201299
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Jackson Sassaport: a white Jewish lawyer born and raised in Mississippi. Stella Godwin: his wife, also Jewish, from Boston. Katherine Marie: his black boyhood sweetheart. Li'l Bokay: his first friend, and later Katherine's husband. To say more about how these four central characters relate would be to spoil the experience of reading Mary Glickman's Home in the Morning. For its very structure—the intimate interweaving of character and story, the accomplished non-linear unraveling of the plot—provides the book's distinct charisma. Spanning the Civil Rights-era through the late 1990s, Home in the Morning deals in the personal politics of its time, of its place, and of love itself in generous detail that culminates in a memorable debut.

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Home in the Morning kept me home all morning and most of the afternoon as well, since I couldn’t stop reading it. This story of a nice Jewish boy from Mississippi and his struggles to forge an identity and find love during the early years of the civil rights movement was so vivid to me that I was startled to realize that half a century has passed since those traumatic days. Mary Glickman displays great skill in interweaving different decades and locales into a moving love story that is also an insightful exploration of the complexities and confusions that result from clashing cultural norms —northern and southern, black and white, male and female, Jewish and Christian, working class and ruling class. Anyone weary of the stereotypes that often pass for the history of that era will want to read this gripping novel.”
—Lisa Alther, bestselling author of Kinflicks
 

“It's not often that a first-time novelist introduces a world unknown. Home in the Morning sits at the nexus of southern Jews and shantytown Afro-Americans on the eve of desegregation. In the heat of that historic night, Mary Glickman traces one man's struggle with three women and a conscience—a treasury of tension and compassion.”
—Norman Lebrecht, author of Song of Names, Winner of the 2002 Whitbread Prize

Advance praise from readers:

“Like fine cloth, Mary Glickman weaves a delicate tale of four interwoven lives, from 1950s to 1990s Mississippi. As a Yankee Jew I have always found stories about growing up Jewish in the deep south fascinating. The relationships of Southern Jews and African Americans during the time of Freedom Fighters is also of great interest to me. The author’s photo-real descriptions brought these characters and situations to life for me, and I look forward to seeing a film made of this story. All four main players are fully formed, interesting, and leave me wanting more about their continuously, but often changing, relationships with each other.”
—Lisa Kalb Schaffer, freelance producer (Boston, MA)

Home in the Morning is a remarkable, powerful tale of a Jewish family living in Mississippi. The main character, Jackson Sassaport, is portrayed with so much honesty, vulnerability, and strength that Mary Glickman invites you to know him intimately. Her style of writing is unique, as the book begins in the "present" and then takes you on a journey from childhood through maturity with all the political, familial, and social encounters along the way. The dialect embraces you—with the southern drawl you can hear it in your mind as you read each word...it immerses you. As the book progresses it moves to the North and she allows you to feel the political and social differences in an unassuming manner. The characters were developed beautifully. Very careful thought was put into depicting all the idiosyncrasies, nuances, and development of the situations, characters and their relationships. There is almost a virgin quality to the freshness of the writing.”
—Susan I. Levine, Manager, Quest Diagnostics (Boston, MA)

“Do you tell the truth to someone if you know it will hurt them or others, or do you bury it, where it haunts you, sometimes for the rest of your life but only you suffer the despair? This is one of the ethical issues Mary Glickman brings to life in her story set in our country's most troubled time, a time when ethical issues where the lens that filtered all conversations. Completely absorbing, Glickman weaves a story of strong characters, all human, all flawed, all caught in their own struggles. Once you pick it up, you will be caught in their lives until the truth sets you free.”
—Susan Hobart, Elementary School Teacher (Madison, WI)

 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Born on the south shore of Boston, Mary Glickman studied at the Université de Lyon and Boston University. While she was raised in a strict Irish-Polish Catholic family, from an early age Glickman felt an affinity toward Judaism and converted to the faith when she married. After living in Boston for twenty years, she and her husband traveled to South Carolina and discovered a love for all things Southern. Glickman now lives in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, with her husband, cat, and until recently, her beloved horse, King of Harts, of blessed memory. Home in the Morning is her first novel. Her second novel, One More River, was a 2011 Jewish Book Award Finalist in Fiction. Her third novel, Marching to Zion, is the tempestuous, tragic love story of a beautiful Jewish immigrant and a charismatic black man during the early twentieth century.

Customer Reviews

Altogether a very nice read.
EJ
Intricate, rich, captivating story of a Jewish family in the 1960's, beautifully written by this newly published author, Mary Glickman.
pemkr
I was mightily impressed by the inestimable Ms Glickman's characterizations and story.
Leonard Chandler

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By CarNut on November 9, 2010
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This was a wonderful, solid, satisfying read. At 60 myself, I lived through the era Mary Glickman's novel covers and yet I found such insight, such understanding, such comprehension of the personal sagas that played out against the backdrop of those early civil rights days - it made it all the more clear that many of our preconceived notions and shattered hopes and dreams were at once real and yet far from the personal truth endured by so many.
Like driving Miss. Daisy coupled with the best and worst of the tales of African American struggles of the time, I was so uplifted by the book in the end that I pray she's writing a sequel!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By EJ on November 17, 2010
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Home in the Morning is a lovely book, encompassing many social issues over the course of a few decades. Set largely in Mississippi in the late '1940s through the '90s, the book follows the story of Jackson Sassaport, a southern Jewish man who comes of age in the midst of the civil rights struggle.

At the story's heart is a mystery: what happened between Jackson, his indomitable wife Stella, and their African-American friends Mombasa and Katherine Marie to cause a rift between these people whose lives were so intertwined? The tale unwinds slowly through flashbacks over the course of the book, as we learn about the lives of these characters, most of whom grew up in a small Mississippi town that was largely segregrated in their youth.

The book covers many social issues faced by African-Americans and Jews in the United States during this time and how they responded to these challenges. Glickman somehow accomplishes this very gently, administering a lesson in an unsetttled era of American history with sensitivity while enfolding you in the story with warmth. The characters are very interesting and nuanced; I was a bit surprised by how my initial impressions of characters changed as their stories were shaded in throughout the book. Altogether a very nice read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Chandler on November 11, 2010
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I have been retired now for a number of years and consequently I do a lot of reading. My heyday was in the time of this novel. I was a reformed bindlestiff working as a gandydancer on the railroads in the South, as I say, during these days. Having finished a Henning Mankell Wallender mystery I was looking for a change of pace. This novel certainly does it. I was mightily impressed by the inestimable Ms Glickman's characterizations and story. An incredible read, and yes, it kept me up way past my bedtime!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LucyBell2 on November 11, 2010
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I loved HOME IN THE MORNING. So many of the characters are just wonderful--real, rounded, messy, lovable, detestable--Glickman can do it all. The women in the novel are particularly memorable. Stella Godwin Sassaport is a worthy heir to Scarlet O'Hara's legacy. And Jackson's mother Missy is a piece of work, too. But a glued-to-the-page sort of piece of work! And Katherine is gorgeously written, too. If you love literary fiction, Southern Fiction, Gone With the Wind, novels about the Jewish American experience, novels about the way the world almost imploded during the Civil Rights Era, then this book is for you. Like another reviewer said, I can't wait to see what Mary Glickman does next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianne C on December 14, 2010
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This book is not very long, just a couple hundred pages give or take, but the characters are fleshed out so well that they practically jump off the page and come to life. In this respect, the book reminds me of To Kill A Mockingbird. The main flaw of this book is that it ends too soon. For me the story fell flat at the end (as if the author had a deadline and had to kill the story in order to get on with her life). I wasn't ready for it to end! Maybe this is a virtue, not a flaw.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By suehow on November 11, 2010
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Home in the Morning is an amazing work, passionate and detached at the same time. Descriptive, as if the reader is living the words. A must, a compelling read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna on November 24, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the story of Mary Glickman's compelling characters in her new novel "Home in the Morning".

The saga of Jackson Sassaport and his efforts to manage the conflicting loyalties of his life kept me captivated. The construction of this novel,traveling back and forth in time from the 40's to the 90's, added suspense as the seminal events leading to Jackson's conflicts were revealed.

A very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Van Nostrand on December 1, 2010
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Just finished Mary Glickman's debut novel and absolutely loved it. It was refreshing to read a piece of literature as opposed to the slapdash simplistic works that usually populate the best seller lists. Writing about race and religion can be a tricky task indeed but Ms. Glickman handled it authentically with wonderful insight and perspective surely gained from her own experience. Her characters were real and not contrived. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this promising newly-published author!
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