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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    An Engaging Novel About Jews in the South!

    "Home in the Morning" is a novel about the Sassaports, a Jewish family living in the American South. The novel focuses on the family dynamics and how they are influenced by their Southern culture. In addition, the reader learns how racial prejudice and anti semetism impacted the characters in this story. The author, Mary Glickman is very comfortable relating the historical background of the times, the era of civil unrest in the South, the tensions between black and white citizens and the angst that people felt during the 1960's through 1980's. I enjoyed reading this book as Glickman creates believable characters who easily express their frustrations and desires to fit into society. Immediately, Glickman charms the reader with her description of the main character, "Jackson Sassaport was named for both the capitol of Mississippi and his uncle Yakove, signifying him instantly Southern and Jewish". The author moves the story between Jackson's present day life and his memories growing up surrounded by his prim and proper mother, his disapproving physician father and the narcisstic and lazy brother he despises. There are many interesting events woven into the story that lead Jackson and his Bostonian wife Stella into conflict with others and it is in the resolution of these conflicts that we learn most about Southern culture. The author writes well and cleverly intersperses enough conflict and poignant scenes between characters to keep the reader interested in the story. For example, Glickman creates the character of Little Bokay, a black boy from the village who is a few years older than Jackson. Jackson's mother hires Little Bokay to keep him company when all the boys regard Jackson as a sissy and will not play with him. Little Bokay is a few years older than Jackson and they get along well. A while later, after the two boys have become good friends, Jackson's mother decides that Little Bokay is not a good influence on her son and she refuses to let them be together anymore. Jackson is broken-hearted and even when his family gets a TV set and the neighborhood children come to his house to watch TV he is teary-eyed when his friend Little Bokay is shooed away by his mother as he is trying to peek in the window to see the TV. The reader can't help but believe that experiences like this one led Little Bokay to becomea leader of the Black community of extremists and rename himself Mombasa. If you are interested in reading a novel that makes some important references to the social history of the South and at the same time creates some memorable characters, "Home in the Morning" is a good choice. I remembered well the atmosphere of the South during this period of American history. It was a time of political unrest, cultural chaos and important change in our country. "Home in the Morning" captures the very essence of the times and it is a book worth reading.

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    Posted September 9, 2012

    A very good read!

    Jackson is the man in the middle in all aspects of life. Straddling the line between being a southern jew in 1960's Mississippi and keeping the peace with family and friends. Well written and hard to put down.

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