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While We're Far Apart Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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Shaking feelings of worthlessness long instilled from her over-bearing parents, Penny steps outside the front door of the house she has always lived in and charges toward a new future.
On the eve of his departure, widowed Eddie tries to ignore the pleas of his two young children begging him to stay. They don't want Penny to move into their Brooklyn Apartment and usurp their dead mother's space. They, instead, want their father to stay home from the war.
Eddie leaves to converse with Jacob Mendel, his Jewish landlord and another tune strings in.
Jacob's wife Miriam and Eddie's wife Rachel were both killed in the same untimely accident. As ramification, Jacob has lost his faith in Hashem ---- God seems so far away although the rabbi and his wife try desperately to tug the former elder back to the life of the synagogue.
And then, climactically and with discordance, the local synagogue is prey to an act of arson and a seemingly faraway hatred is brandished like a cymbal- jolt into the present.
The tune evokes a haunting change as more instruments are melded into each deft cadence and more bars are added to prolong the unraveling symphony.Read more ›
Eddie's mother, Grandma Shaffer, lives next door to the Goodrich family who has a daughter Penny, aged 24. Penny's parents are older, quite strict and have sheltered Penny her entire life, always telling her she had no more sense than a green bean. As a result poor Penny suffers from terrible fear of being on her own and afraid of the world at large, although she holds a job as a ticket agent at the local bus station. Unbeknownst to Eddie, Penny has had a crush on him for years and years and always wished Eddie had married her instead of Rachel. She cried her eyes out when she learned Eddie was getting married.
Now enlisted in the Army and ready to head off for basic training, Eddie needs someone to care for young Esther and Peter. His own mother, Grandma Shaffer is adamant that there is no way possible she can look after two young children and is completely dead set against Eddie enlisting but Eddie had already enlisted sending Grandma into quite a dramatic tizzy. Penny steps forward and offers to care for the children herself with her underlying motive being that Eddie will fall in love with her and marry HER this time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this book twice and listened once to the audio. I think I liked it. LolPublished 14 days ago by poohbear
The book had superb subplots which wound around each other and the main story. The author did a great job in researching the historical dynamic during World War II from a civilian... Read morePublished 26 days ago by stitcher4664
Outstanding and spellbinding. One read its hard to put down till the finish. Recommend highly!
Will read more of her works and share as I read.
It was very well written and accurate in it's WWII history. It was very depressive for me based on our current world situation.Published 1 month ago by Carole Lacks
How can someone take everyday life with everyday people and turn out a story that must be read without a pause. That's what Ms. Austin can do, and I find it amazing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ridetheriver
I loved the way author told the story from both a Jewish and Christian perspective. There was Great character development.Published 2 months ago by Cheryl L Schwartz
As a history buff, this book brought the war home. The fear felt by Jacob, Penny and the children felt real while their anger felt justified; while their trust in God grewPublished 2 months ago by Ray J. Hunsaker