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Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Loss and Love (Library of Modern Jewish Literature) Hardcover – November 16, 2011
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"Stunning . . . Anyone who has lost, anyone who has loved, will identify with the piercing humanity . . . This is a book that changes you forever. It must." --Rabbi Sharon Brous, panelist for The Washington Post's "On Faith"
"A painful, but poetic, humane, and deeply spiritual account of dealing with tragedy that will speak to all who suffer bereavement and those who minister to them."
- Bernard McGinn, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, The University of Chicago
"Among the many recent personal narratives of loss and grief, Shadows in Winter stands out... The reader will long remember this beautifully written memoir." - Linda S. Raphael, The George Washington University School of Medicine
"Powerful, moving and evocative!"
- Jonathan Sarna, Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
"Stunning . . . Anyone who has lost, anyone who has loved, will identify with the piercing humanity . . . This is a book that changes you forever. It must." --Rabbi Sharon Brous, panelist for The Washington Post's On Faith
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"Powerful, moving and evocative!"
"This beautiful book . . . evokes the sweetness of life and unbearable loss with riveting nuance. His impulse to tell the story is the impulse towards healing, and he offers help in the midst of even the darkest tragedy." - Rabbi Mychal Springer, Director of the Center for Pastoral Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary
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Syracuse University Press
November 14, 2011
Eitan Fishbane is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books, including Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Syracuse Library of Modern Jewish Literature) and The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time (Jewish Lights Publishing).
Reviewed by: Nancy Carty Lepri
How wonderful to be blessed with the love of your life, a happy and healthy daughter, a fulfilling career, close family and friends, and a deep and abiding faith. How agonizing it can be to lose part of that blessing almost overnight.
This is what Eitan Fishbane describes in his heart wrenching and moving memoir about the loss of his beloved wife, Leah. Leah, who is completing her graduate degree, mother to four-year-old Aderet , and newly pregnant with her second child, falls ill without warning with an undiagnosed and inoperable brain tumor. Within a short time, Leah, a vivacious young woman, collapses into a coma and succumbs to her illness.
Eitan takes the reader on his agonizing journey through the last days of Leah's life, revealing how he copes after her passing. He tries to find understanding for his loss and explain Leah's passing to his precious Aderet , while he himself grapples with the realization of the harsh realities of life and death. Through anecdotes and perceptions uncommon to a young child, Eitan finds comfort from his daughter along with his and Leah's close-knit family, friends, and colleagues.Read more ›