From the Back Cover
Catherine M. Wallace, PhD, author of For Fidelity: How Intimacy and Commitment Enrich Our Lives, and Motherhood in the Balance: Children, Career, God, and Me.
"What could be more archetypal, yet also universal than the Jewish mother-daughter relationships at the center of Barbara Froman's Shadows and Ghosts? While readers will laugh at the familiarity of this fraught relationship, they won't be able to help but feel the pain of recognizing themselves in it. Froman lures readers into her satiric tale of smothering mothers, neurotic daughters and intense sibling rivalry through famous cinematic images and Borscht Belt humor, but she moves them with her keenly observed characters and their emotional journey toward selfhood. Just as Froman blurs the boundaries between narrative and cinematic storytelling, she explores the problems her characters face dealing with the permeable boundaries between their need for emotional distance and their equally compelling need for attachment--a struggle that shapes their personal relationships, their professional lives, and their art. Touching and funny, well-paced and engaging, Froman's novel will capture your heart."
Susan Applebaum, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Theater, Loyola University Chicago, and author of In the Studio With Joyce Piven, and Mentor Mothers and Female Adolescent Protagonists.