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"I loved Steinberg's 12-year-old narrator for his innocence and grandeur." -- Neil Chethik, Best-selling author of FatherLoss,Hyperion

"Steinberg has put together a wonderful, moving story." -- Sheldon Seigel, Best-selling author of Special Circumstances, Bantam-Dell Publishing

About the Author

Bruce Steinberg began to write The Widow's Son in order to better understand his brother, the unwilling New Man of the House, after their father died, not to achieve publication. He is grateful for the overall positive public and critical response. Husband, father, and attorney (as a prosecutor, public defender, and in in private practice, representing abused and neglected children). He has written freelance columns for the Chicago Daily Herald and Northwest Herald. Columnist for Silent Sports Magazine (Humor / Human Interest within the sporting world). Cross-country ski marathon racer and half-marathon runner. The Widow's Son brought healing to his family, years after his father died, and his old neighborhood's "loose nuts and bolts" gathered in support, cementing in literature a time, place, and people. Since then Bruce has gone on to write River Ghosts, a Kirkus star review mystery under the nom de plume BR Robb, and My Occasional Torment, nom de plume - Bee Robb, which he later adapted into a successful stage play. An Assassinated Man followed, also a based-on-fact true story in which the subject sought Bruce out because of the success and overall reviewer reaction to The Widow's Son. More books and stories are on the way, but The Widow's Son will always remain Bruce's fondest - a manuscript never intended for publication that healed, preserved, and soared.

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  • File Size: 1262 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UE7DJ6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on March 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Widow's Son is a moving literary accomplishment. Mr. Steinberg has an amazing sense of humor in the face of sorrow. I many times found myself laughing and crying at the same time. I have recommended this book to many people, including my mother and they have all enjoyed as much as I have.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Bingle on February 19, 2006
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Told from the perspective of a 12 year old Jewish boy living in Skokie, Illinois, The Widow's Son is a compelling read. It is both melancholy and humorous. It is also filled with delightful memories of growing up in the 60's that truly reflect the perspective of the time and not our later, jaded, views of the past. Mr. Steinberg has a great literary talent for scene description and an excellent ear for voice. The feat of maintaining a consistent and engaging voice for Jeremy that conveys both innocence and wisdom is remarkable in itself, but even the more minor characters here have distinct and delightful voices of their own. Mr. Steinberg is a great and thoughtful writer. Donald J. Bingle, Author of Forced Conversion.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terri DuLong on May 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although I purchased this book awhile ago, I just recently got to finish it. Poignant story of a boy's loss of his father and becoming a man. Told with sensitivity and humor, Steinberg invites the reader to share the emotions with his well written prose.
I spent my '60's in the Boston area, but Chicago didn't sound very different, and I enjoyed being taken back to a more innocent and kinder time in our society.
The Widow's Son is one such example.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Harris on November 12, 2011
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The Widow's Son took me for a profoundly meaningful adventure back to the enthusiasm of my childhood in the late 1960's. Using both biography and fiction to weave an amazing fabric of a very special time, this author cleverly conjures up vivid memories of fragrances and faces of people we have all partially forgotten. Through the deep and heartbreaking void of losing his father at a young age, Jeremy (The Widow's Son) paints a detailed living color portrait of emotions, hope, fear and excitement and uses these vivid details to reach deeply into the reader's soul and recollection as he thoroughly brings back a place so many of us search for in our memories. As I took this dazzling journey through the pages I couldn't help but to stream tears and then, just a few paragraphs later, laugh out loud hoping no one was looking at me. I give The Widow's Son 5 stars. One star each for passion, compassion, honesty, love, and the final star is for sharing with me an experience I will delight in for many years to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clay Brown on June 26, 2002
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This book has a GREAT cover! And it is just a hint of what's in the pages and paragraphs inside this wonderful cover. The cover IS the essence of the book and you will not be disappointed. Jeremy's life during the year after he sees his father die is a compelling journey and you will not want to see it end. The writing is creative and original, real, true, accurate, touching, laughing, crying, 1960s, Jewish-culture-but-for-everybody type of story. And in the adventure are lessons, without being preachy, that may help folks who have lost loved ones too soon, or at all. Steinberg has crafted a story that captures the feelings and emotions of the 12 year old boy as his world suddenly must revolve on an entirely new axis.. A rare book, indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Shields on July 9, 2012
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I fell in love with this incredible story that made me laugh out loud so much (which has never happened before)and was so
very touching that I didn't want it to end. If you want to read a great book that is hilarious and sad that you won't forget---this is it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KG on July 30, 2012
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This was an excellent book. I seldom read this genre but found this book so entertaining and moving. The character/narrator was was so spot-on for how I imagine a 12 year old boy would think and relate. I can't recommend it enough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Howell on May 6, 2012
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I found myself from the very first paragraphs to the very end repeating to myself over and over, "Please don't end. Please don't end." Of course all stories must but what I was left with was something I haven't found in a book in a very very long time. A story so well written I could hear the sound of saddle shoes and smell the motor oil. Every part of the story told so perfectly it's as if I actually knew these characters and could completely relate. You will not find any over the top language. It's a story told simply and eloquently in the voice of innocence by a child who is wise beyond his years. My hat is off to Bruce Steinberg for his accomplished effort to put into words what many authors only wish they could. I don't want to spoil anything but I have to say there are two simple words near the end that started full on waterworks to flow and it took several minutes for me to compose myself before I could actually get to the end... which I did and only wish I would not have had to.
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