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The Resource The world without you, Joshua Henkin

The world without you, Joshua Henkin

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The world without you
Title
The world without you
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Henkin
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Language
eng
Summary
Gathering at their Berkshires summer home to mourn the loss of youngest sibling and journalist adventurer Leo, who was killed while on assignment in Iraq, the Frankels endure shared grief and private challenges that shape their views about family
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Pace
Tone
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Award
Edward Lewis Wallant Award, 2012.
Review
  • A year after journalist Leo Frankel’s death in Iraq, his family descends on their vacation home in the Berkshires for a memorial. His parents, still undone by their grief, announce that they’re separating after 40 years of marriage, while his three sisters deal with their own issues. Clarissa, once a promising cellist, is struggling with infertility. Lily, a passionate lawyer who relishes arguments, is angry at everybody. Noelle, a wild child turned Orthodox Jew living in Israel with her husband and four children, feels like an outsider. And then there’s Thisbe, Leo’s young widow and the mother of their three-year-old son, who still feels at odds with her mother-in-law and is afraid to indicate, in any way, that she is moving on with her life. Over the Fourth of July weekend, the family members struggle to get through the memorial ceremony and to understand what being part of a family really means. Henkin (Matrimony, 2007) writes low-key, character-driven fiction, and his latest will appeal to lovers of such family stories as Zoe Heller’s The Believers (2009) and Eleanor Brown’s Weird Sisters (2011). -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 05-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 18, p19)
  • /* Starred Review */ Like a more bittersweet version of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You or a less chilly variation on Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Henkin (Matrimony) tenderly explores family dynamics in this novel about the ties that bind, and even lacerate. One year after the death of their kidnapped journalist son, Leo, in Iraq, David and Marilyn Frankel, non-practicing Jews, call their entire mishpocha to their summer home in the Berkshires to attend his memorial service: Clarissa and her husband, Nathaniel, who, after years of putting off parenthood, are having a difficult time getting pregnant; Lily, a D.C. lawyer who shows up without Malcolm, her restaurateur boyfriend of 10 years; Noelle, an Orthodox Jew who arrives from Jerusalem with her husband, Amram, and their four children; and Thisbe, Leo’s widow, a grad student who flies in from Berkeley with their three-year-old son, Calder. Over the course of the Fourth of July holiday, David and Marilyn will make a stunning announcement; Thisbe will reveal a secret; a game of Celebrity will cause Amram to drive off into the night; Leo will be remembered; and someone will pee on the carpet. The author has created an empathetic cast of characters that the reader will love spending time with, even as they behave like fools and hurt one another. An intelligently written novel that works as a summer read and for any other time of the year. Agent: Lisa Bankoff, ICM. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 23, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 17, p)
  • The Frankel family has gathered at their summer home in the Berkshires to attend a memorial service for their youngest sibling, Leo, who was killed while reporting in Iraq. Parents Marilyn and David are struggling with their 40-year marriage while three daughters wrestle with infertility, unemployment, urban ennui, and assorted relationship tensions. Leo's widow, Thisbe, and young son Calder fly in from California with news of their own. For the few days surrounding July 4, 2005, the family members struggle with their shared pasts, uncertain futures, and each other. VERDICT Henkin (director of Brooklyn College's MFA program in fiction writing, Matrimony; Swimming Across the Hudson ) might gain some new readers with this honest and well-paced look at an American family. Point this one out to contemporary fiction fans of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, or the works of Rick Moody, Richard Russo, Philip Roth, and John Updike.— Jenn B. Stidham, Houston Community Coll. Northeast --Jenn B. Stidham (Reviewed June 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 11, p70)
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10078853
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Henkin, Joshua
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.E49594
LC item number
W67 2012
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Dysfunctional families
Target audience
adult
Label
The world without you, Joshua Henkin
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780375424366
Lccn
2011046780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 755696724
  • (OCoLC)755696724
Label
The world without you, Joshua Henkin
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780375424366
Lccn
2011046780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 755696724
  • (OCoLC)755696724

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