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My Own Voice (Still Life with Memories Book 1) Kindle Edition
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For her, it's only the beginning, when family secrets start unravelling. 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?★★★★★ "A creative, gripping and deeply moving tale of a young girl coming of age in unfathomable emotional circumstances."
Dealing with the challenging prospects of the marriage of opposites, this book can be read as a standalone novel as well as part of one of family sagas best sellers. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series tinged with family saga romance, fraught with marital issues, and riddled with the difficulty of connecting fathers and sons.Scroll up and get My Own Voice now!
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|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... 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
- "She is an author I follow for one simple reason, her writing is refreshing and her style is unique in providing a reading experience that is both satisfying and entertaining." - Dennis Waller, TOP 500 reviewer
- "After having read and reviewed several fictional novels by Author Uvi Poznansky, I continue to be a huge fan of her writing style. She has the mesmerizing and enchanting effect of drawing her readers into the heart and soul of her characters." - Dolores Ayotte, Author
- "Uvi Poznansky's, "My Own Voice," is a creative, gripping and deeply moving tale of a young girl coming of age in unfathomable emotional circumstances." - Bill Cronin, Author
- This is not a fluff piece, but a real life - not literally but it could be - drama filled, honest read that shows relationships when they're gritty." - Elaine C. Pereira, Author
- "I found My Own Voice to be very original--think of it as women's fiction, family drama--and I will definitely pick up another one of Uvi's novels." - Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Author
- "Written in a clever and unique style which drew me in from the start. I recommend this book for those who like compelling characters you want to cheer on." - Susan Wilson, Author
- "This story, like most great dramas, isn't always easy read, but you'll find yourself unable to leave it alone and these characters will stay with you long after you've finished it." - Aurora Dawn, VINE VOICE
From the Author
- I: My Own Voice
- II: The White Piano
- III: The Music of Us
- IV: Dancing with Air
- V: Marriage before Death
- Book Bites: The Wrong Girl
- ASIN : B013TA3FBS
- Publisher : Uviart (August 31, 2015)
- Publication date : August 31, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 7307 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 168 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,657 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #339 in Parent & Adult Child Relationships (Kindle Store)
- #1,102 in Literary Sagas
- #2,153 in Dysfunctional Relationships
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Top reviews from the United States
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Lead character Anita is a teen whose childhood offered limited career opportunities, and the under-educated youngster falls for a married man, whom she later marries. Soon after Anita becomes pregnant, she realizes Lenny cannot forget his wife whose suffering with Alzheimer's disease leaves an indelible mark on him. Anita feels secondary to Lenny's first love, Natasha, as he tries to somehow morph his current wife into his previous one. Transforming Anita into Natasha becomes a complex undertaking, as Anita is strong enough she has her own thoughts.
My Own Voice is an intimate portrayal of several characters who are faced with unusual emotions as they attempt to resolve issues. My review for this author's story and beautiful writing is inadequate, but I urge you to read the sample chapter. I believe you will be enchanted enough to buy this five star book about true love, desire, and guilt.
The synopsis of MY OWN VOICE (the cover of which is an excellent example of her compelling art) attempts to separate the two aspects of her this first installment: ‘Ten years ago, when she was seventeen, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was a married man. Now married to him and carrying his child, she finds herself condemned to compete with Natasha’s shadow, the memory of her brilliance back in her prime, before she succumbed to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Despite Anita’s lack of education, her rough slang, and what happened to her in the past, Lenny tries to transform her. He wants her to become Natasha. Faced with his compelling wish, and the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita 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?’
But for those who wish to see how parts one and two are joined, the following is offered: ‘The story of this elegantly designed novel is a dissection of a family life and the alterations that occur with the family framework both by intent and by happenstance. It weaves themes of disparate parents - an accomplished pianist Natasha married to the elderly Lenny who cares for Natasha as she descends into the darkness of Alzheimer's Disease and compensates by taking on a very young and uneducated, somewhat socially coarse redhead vixen named Anita - and the manner in which the couple's 27-year-old bright son Ben copes with the situation.'
Poznansky's unique way of unraveling this complex story is by making the `chapters' vary as told by Ben, as told by Anita, and as told by Lenny. She understands fully how to bring Ben's confusion about both his past life with his parents and the current situation with his mother's decline and his father's reactive compensation by bonding with a beautiful young, if raw, companion. Few authors would be able to pull off the manner in which the apparent polar opposites of Ben and Anita begin to bond and how Lenny integrates into their apparent clandestine relationship, but Poznansky has the visual and verbal and architectural skills to create this maze and guide us through it.
She capitalizes on the use of the chapters being related in the voices of the characters: Ben relates the situation as he remembers and experiences it in eloquent finely honed grammar while Anita speaks to us with the slang that at first can be grating but morphs into communication that allows the reader to experience the change that develops in her relationship to Ben. In other's hands this could become cloying as a technique, but with Poznansky's skill she uses it as an interface between evolving personalities that makes her story ring true.
So much more could be said about the manner in which the author brings understanding to the hierarchies of relationships - parental, couple, aging, developing, and ones influenced by disease, but that would be robbing the reader of the joy of discoveries that Poznanasky accomplishes in this profound novel. The title is so well chosen: the phrase of the title is the key that unlocks much of the fragile mystery that hovers here. Please read the entire novel to appreciate the beauty of Uvi’s gift. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 15
As an avid fan of this author and, having read much of her work over the years, I was correct – this story is yet another captivating treasure.
Anita is a naïve, child-like woman who strives to measure up to her lover Lenny’s expectations, while the memory of his first wife Natasha remains a continuous interference between them as a soon to be married couple – Natasha’s musical genius, her style and grace, and the love Lenny had for her doesn’t seem to dissipate over time - according to Anita. There are so many emotions tugging each character’s heart strings, including Ben's, Lenny’s son, that this reader’s compassion for Anita’s intense predicament inspired me to read the book aloud, at times, to comprehend Anita’s mind-set of never feeling cherished, understood, or even appreciated as a person in her own right, while the other characters fight their internal battles - Especially when the secrets of this dysfunctional three-some continue to unfold...
My Own Voice is a brilliant beginning for the Still Life With Memories Series. Further, I find when Lenny, the seemingly, uncaring husband and writer who can’t seem to finish his work, states, “Every word gets me closer to the end,” conveys a sentiment that rings true for all concerned, including the reader.
Being said, luckily for Ms. Poznansky’s many fans, the series continues onward to several other installments, which you won’t want to miss. My Own Voice is a highly recommended read, and five glorious stars are awarded for tight literary prose, a highly imaginative storyline, and unique characterization. Bravo, Ms. Poznanski!
Top reviews from other countries
There is also a great supportive cast in form of aunt Hadassa and her sisters .
Poznansky's writing style is sharp and poignant as she uncovers the deeper layers of her characters with a superb literary quality. Casually analytical and close to the bone of truth, this is an excellent and accomplished portrayal of a fascinating and captivating family situation.