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Apart from Love (Still Life with Memories Bundle Book 1) Kindle Edition
From USA Today Bestselling Author, Uvi Poznansky, comes a poignant family saga:
Apart from Love is not your typical love story. It is all-consuming, heart-wrenching, and dark.
My Own Voice (“As told by Anita”):
Falling in love with Lenny should have been the end to all of Anita's troubles. But then, family secrets start unraveling. His ex-wife, Natasha, is succumbing to a mysterious disease. How can Anita compete with her shadow? How can she find a voice of her own?
And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?The White Piano (“As told by Ben”):
Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to mysterious disease, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father’s new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to her—only much younger.
“In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.” What emerges in this family is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.
★★★★★ “There is an air of mystery about the book that runs from the beginning to the final pages, but that also draws the reader in and makes the book difficult to put down.”
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From the Publisher
|My Own Voice||The White Piano||The Music of Us||Dancing with Air||Marriage before Death|
|Story||Falling in love with Lenny should have been the end to all of Anita's troubles. For her, it's only the beginning, when family secrets start unravelling. His ex-wife, Natasha, is succumbing to a mysterious disease. Can Anita compete with her shadow?||Coming back to his childhood home, Ben is unprepared for the secret: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to mysterious disease. His father’s new wife, Anita, reminds him of the way she used to look.||Lenny goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha during WWII, when he was a wounded warrior and she—a star, brilliant yet illusive. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and to this day, with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.||Fooling German espionage may cost Lenny the trust of the girl who captured his heart. Will Natasha discover his secret D-Day reports, disguised as love letters to another woman?||After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted German propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? Why does she step into his life when he is led by SS soldiers to the gallows? What makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?|
- "So much more could be said about the manner in which the author brings understanding to the hierarchies of relationships, but that would be robbing the reader of the joy of discoveries that Poznanasky accomplishes in this profound novel." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer
- "There is an air of mystery about the book that runs from the beginning to the final pages, but that also draws the reader in and makes the book difficult to put down." - Kathy Parsons, Top 1000 Reviewer
- "This eloquently written tale provides a look into the long-term emotional scars a broken home leaves on everyone involved. The author's skill shows in her depiction of the three alternating voices of Lenny, Ben and Anita. They are all very different voices, yet each conveys the complex love that both binds them and tears them apart. Highly recommended!" - J.A. Schneider, author
- "Apart From Love is a fascinating insight into the human condition and all the tortured webs we, who are all too human, weave." - John Holland, Author
- "The author paints a spellbinding story about an innately dysfunctional family; Ben, Lenny (Ben's father) and Lenny's new wife Anita. The characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction." - Piaras, Vine Voice
- " The author's skill shows in her depiction of the three alternating voices of Lenny, Ben and Anita. They are all very different voices, yet each conveys the complex love that both binds them and tears them apart. Highly recommended!" - J.A. Schneider, Author
- "Interwoven into the main character's discourses are the normal family emotions: greed, sex, hatred, control, loneliness, procreation, legacy." - Roy Murry, Author, Vine Voice
- "A beautiful narrative that highlights Poznansky's adept handling of plot & language and takes you into the mind of a dysfunctional family grappling with universal issues of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Discover 'Apart From Love' and connect with a great artist of our times, an artist that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary and turns everything that she writes to gold with her Midas like touch." - Jaspreet Mann, Author
- "Apart From Love is a truly unique story. It's written as a narrative and I found The characters to be very interesting and well developed. As a result of this effective style of writing, I found myself thinking about Anita, Ben and Lenny for hours after reading each chapter." - Brian V. Menard, Author
- "I was truly captured within the quietly expressed strength in which Author Uvi Poznansky's amazing insight to each and every detail was played out." - De Ann Townes Jr., Author
- "Uvi Poznansky's writing penetrates the subconscious, where dreams are ignited and poets find words." - Marcia Quinn Noren, Author
- "Uvi's descriptions were perfect. The way that the story unfolded and how the ending was presented and explained afterward absolutely amazed me." - Christian Ashley, Author
- "When you read the book, I encourage you to savor each chapter, much like reading an important letter from a friend or family member. As you read each chapter you'll see a cohesive structure emerge. By the end you'll find a story where the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts." - Richard Weatherly, Author
- "Uvi Poznansky has penned a literary symphony, complete with a cast of likeable yet bruised characters." - Ashley Fontaine, Author
From the Author
- I: Apart from Love
- II: Apart from War
- ASIN : B006WPITP0
- Publisher : Uviart (December 25, 2013)
- Publication date : December 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 7197 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 369 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #959,412 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It took me a while to get warmed up to the three main characters: the philandering father, Lenny, who divorced his wife Natasha who mysteriously left the scene. Anita, his new unlikely wife-- except for her physical likeness to Natasha and Lenny's, Ben who appears on the scene again after 10 years of absence. Anita is pregnant when the story starts. The secret around Natasha is soon revealed to Ben, to Anita, surprisingly, only later.
Natasha, a former concert pianist suffers from early dementia and is in a home, yet Lenny still loves and cares for her. Ben can't believe the shell of his mother that remains. The reader witnesses the terrible effects this disease has on people, both the patient as well as the family.
An illicit bond develops between Ben and Anita who are of the same age while Ben is alienated from his father. This family set-up- the three live in the same apartment- will not end happily of course.
While I found the story fascinating, the characters well developed and intriguing, I found the middle part a bit too long winded. Leaving out some of the flashbacks would have remedied that impression. The end left me somewhat unsatisfied. Of course, there is not always a happy -end in real life either. Overall, I recommend Apart from Love as a really good novel.
Lenny is torn between the love for his new, younger wife- who in my opinion is a replacement for the love of his life who's disease has erased him from her memory.
Anita, the new wife is like a candle in the wind, blowing in whichever direction the wind moves her. A little confusing, eccentric and in need of love.
The family is in such a state of dysfunction it is the only way they can function. Apart From Love, exposes raw emotion and unearths things we dislike seeing in ourselves - the utter need and equal disdain for members of our own families.
Apart From Love tells the story from the three main character's own perception of what is really going on so it's up to you to decide who is at fault or not at fault for the ripples. It's a good story and I recommend it.
Top reviews from other countries
It is not a book that will take you on a journey through a place or an era, but rather through the minds of three people.
Anita, Ben and Lenny are undoubtedly connected through kin and marriage, yet are so sadly disconnected by their individual histories, secrets, guilt and remorse. They find an obscure way with which to communicate and reach out to each other, recording their voices and thoughts on an old tape recorder. The fact that they share this tiny living space, yet are so far from understanding each other is beautifully delivered through Poznansky's prose and style.
Anita is Lenny's second wife, articulate and eloquent with her desires and despairs despite her dreadful English, brash ways and lack of education. Ben, only a year older than Anita, is Lenny's son. He is recently returned after years estranged from his broken family. Natasha, Ben's mother and Lenny's first wife, is the white elephant in the room, her absence enormous and tangible.
`Apart from Love' is a clever, in-depth, unadulterated exploration of the thoughts of these individuals as they flow unheeded through their minds, allowing the reader to float, swim, wade, and splutter along with these oft times drowning characters.
The story wraps up in a wonderful way, pulling the threads together to make sense of the way the book has been structured.
I noticed that Poznansky is also the painter of the stunning cover design, her gift with word images spilling into visual art, proving herself a very talented artist.
At first I found the start hard going. It certainly isn't one of those books you can pick up and immediantly get into.
That doesn't mean it didn't take my interest, it did. That is why I carried on with it.
As the story unfolded there was a lovely love affair going well on.
I think the one thing I take from this book is that dreaded disease Alzheimer's. My husbands Father is afflicted with this and I could relate to lots in this book on so many levels.
The blurb doesn't do the book justice, its a superbly written piece of art.
Would I recommend it? Oh yes.
The cover needs replacing though as it doesn't do the story justice in MHO
Now I won’t go into plot details - They are in the book-blurb. I’m also not going to attempt to bosh out a review in a wordy intellectual way either. I don’t consider myself ‘well-read’ enough. Besides I prefer to speak from an emotional viewpoint. So here goes.
I first read samples of Uvi Poznansky’s work in way of her self-promoted advertisements posted on social media. Initially I was attracted by the richness of her book-cover artwork and then drawn in by the caress of her verse. I found her words possessed a special kind of tenderness. Something I felt my own writing lacked.
I decided I could use a lesson in regard to her rhythmic delivery of contemplative prose. The way she captures subtle nuances in glimpses and reflections. Or teases out emotions with a pause in her dialogue. She fashions both fleshly desire and clean naughtiness so adeptly.
It wasn’t long before I was reading and liking every post.
I particularly like this line from the book...
The waves roll in, threatening to swallow us whole. With a roar in their widening mouth, they are leaping ahead, then lapping the sand angrily, foam on their lip.
‘Apart from Love’ is a leisurely read that allows you to enjoy the moment of actually reading. This is what I get from Uvi Poznansky, what I admire mostly in her work.
When women are romantically depicted, enjoying a piece of chocolate whilst engrossed in a novel. This is exactly the type of stuff they are reading.
Paul Douglas Lovell.