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Home in the Morning Paperback – November 10, 2010
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—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
“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)
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
"Home in the Morning" is the story of the Sassaports, a Jewish family living in Mississippi during the civil rights struggles. The time period plays a major role in the novel as does the location. The Sassaports walk a fine line trying to fit in to the Southern culture while maintaining their Jewish heritage. Their son Jackson never really fits in as a child and his closest friend happens to be black. He goes off to college in the northeast and meets Stella who is from Boston and a firm believer in the civil rights movement. She makes him think about what he has always accepted as "normal" and when he brings her home to Mississippi, she manages to stir the pot. Life is never quite the same for the Sassaport family. Jackson's best friend from childhood, Little Bokay, grows up and evolves into a leader within the black movement and he marries Katherine Marie, someone that Jackson had a crush on many years ago.
I don't want to go into too much detail or it will spoil the enjoyment of the story but I have to say it's a really good book. It's as much the story of family relationships, personal change and growth, and a look at what draws people together and tears them apart as much as a commentary on the civil rights movement. The era is the foundation of the novel and the characters can't be separated from the time and place (they are just too interwoven), but the novel isn't just about the era itself. The writing does jump around a bit but I actually really liked that since totally linear novels tend to be less interesting and Ms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting story set in the south intertwining race, religion, family and love. It would have gotten 5 stars but the end was a bit flat,Published 13 months ago by ConBat
Totally disappointing. Story ended in the middle......couldn't believe it...kept looking for the conclusion........wonder if I need to buy another book! Read morePublished 20 months ago by BonnieBrown
I never felt like I was part of the story. It sounded too contrived with cliche'd characters.Published 22 months ago by L. Biringer
I discovered Mary Glickman's books last year. I have now read all of them and anxiously awaiting her next! She is quite adept at tackling social issues with grace and passion. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lynn A. Wagner
I have read three of Mary Glickman's books. I hope she writes more. She is an excellent story-teller and writer.Published 23 months ago by JR
Didn't it bother anyone else that there were NO QUOTATION MARKS in the whole book?! I assume that was the author, not the Kindle formatting. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dulce
A complex premise, promising, but never truly developed. The author seems not to know which character's perspective to take. Read morePublished on August 25, 2014 by Jill Bressler
good book but the ending fell off to nothingness otherwise i would have given it a five starPublished on July 20, 2014 by jill nell