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Being Esther: A Novel

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    A Great Story! I¿ve read books like, ¿Still Alice¿, where an ad

    A Great Story!
    I’ve read books like, “Still Alice”, where an adult woman experiences the onset of alzheimer’s and how her mind slowly betrays her. However, this is a new twist. This is a story about Esther, an elderly Jewish woman, who is quite coherent and present. After losing her husband and friends, she and her dear friend call each other every day to make sure they never die without someone knowing. The way it works, is they each take turns calling each other everyday. They both agree that if one doesn’t answer one day, then to make sure their family knows and to fulfill their wishes.

    What truly is sad and heartwarming at the same time, is how time does fly by and how quickly one ages. What happens when you are alone, have a poor relationship with your child, have a life filled with special moments and some regrets? Through Esther’s journey, you will see how the simple acts of doing something each day and normal routine are still remarkable moments in life. Most importantly, that everyone has a story, deserves a listening ear, and a little bit of your time.- Books in the Burbs

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    One of my favorites

    In "Being Esther," Miriam Karmel skillfully draws the character of 80s-something Esther, who is not a stereotypical "elderly" person as normally portrayed in too many novels; she is neither sugar-sweet, nor notoriously cranky. I don't want to give anything away, but suffice it to say that it is a very moving book, that stayed with me mentally, long after I finished reading it. The book is from the point of view of Esther, and it's a poignant reminder that all of us are individuals, that all our preferences and autonomy should be respected as much as possible - and that no one should be "put in a box," no matter our age. During the last busy year, I have managed to squeeze in every moment of reading possible, and I normally finish about two books per week. And out of all those, after a couple Erik Larsen books, "Being Esther" has been my favorite.

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    Posted June 21, 2013

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