Home In The Morning

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A powerful debut from a new literary talent, this novel tells the story of a Jewish family confronting the tumult of the 1960s-and the secrets that bind its members together

Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American girl who first stole his teenage heart; or between standing up for his beliefs and acquiescing to his prominent Jewish family's ...

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Overview

A powerful debut from a new literary talent, this novel tells the story of a Jewish family confronting the tumult of the 1960s-and the secrets that bind its members together

Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American girl who first stole his teenage heart; or between standing up for his beliefs and acquiescing to his prominent Jewish family's imperative to not stand out in the segregated South, Jackson learns to balance the secrets and deceptions of those around him. But one fateful night in 1960 will make the man in the middle reconsider his obligations to propriety and family, and will start a chain of events that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.

Home in the Morning follows Jackson's journey from his childhood as a coddled son of the Old South to his struggle as a young man eager to find his place in the civil rights movement while protecting his family. Flashing back between his adult life as a successful lawyer and his youth, Mary Glickman's riveting novel traces the ways that race and prejudice, family and love intertwine to shape our lives.

Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations. Born on the south shore of Boston, Glickman studied at the Université de Lyon and Boston University. While she was raised in a strict Irish-Polish Catholic family, from an early age Glickman felt an affinity toward Judaism and converted to the faith when she married. After living in Boston for twenty years, she and her husband traveled to South Carolina and discovered a love for all things Southern. Glickman now lives in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, with her husband, cats, and beloved horse, King of Harts. This is her first novel

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  • ISBN-13: 9781453201299
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Glickman is a writer, public relations professional, and fundraiser who has worked with Jewish charities and organizations. Born on the south shore of Boston, Glickman studied at the Université de Lyon and Boston University. While she was raised in a strict Irish-Polish Catholic family, from an early age Glickman felt an affinity toward Judaism and converted to the faith when she married. After living in Boston for twenty years, she and her husband traveled to South Carolina and discovered a love for all things Southern. Glickman now lives in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, with her husband, cats, and beloved horse, King of Harts. This is her first novel.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    very rich, mature novel

    hard to believe this is a first novel. riveting plot that unfolds in a complex way, memorable characters, and brilliant personal and cultural insights make this a satisfying read.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Interesting material, tough read

    I was initially intrigued by the subject matter, having not read any historical fiction set around the Jewish-South. Maybe it is because I tend to read only at night, but I found myself constantly having to reread many pages just to keep up with what was going on. Glickman's style of writing, and lack of quotation marks, was not a natural 'reading' voice for me and caused me to lose track of what characters were saying what. It is only because of my interest in the subject matter that I stuck with it. Her character development was thorough enough, and believable. But beyond that, I was not satisfied with this first book. I was stunned by the abrupt ending. As I was reading it on my Nook, I was not expecting it to end when it did - a full 20 or so pages before the last page. I felt that some of the story was left unfinished. I will definitely "try before buying" her next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Excellent read!

    "Home in the Morning" is a great, character-driven novel. Set in the South during the Civil Rights era, it tells the story of Jackson Sassaport -- a fine young Southern gentleman, who weathers the storms of his age and surroundings with humor and kind tolerance for his loved ones' flaws. His relationships form the bones of the book and it is through those entanglements that the reader experiences the tumult of that era. Glickman has a lyrical voice and uses it to great advantage to tell a compelling story. I closed the book wanting to know more about some of the secondary characters, and I hope Glickman is working on a followup.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Awful, didn't get past the 1st chapter

    This was very hard to read. Disappointing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Just didn't grab me

    There's too much rambling. I can't figure iut if the author is in first person or in narration. No quotes around the spoken words makes me crazy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    unsure

    I felt the author left a lot of loose ends. The brother- the parents- etc.
    Pages rambled into one another. It would seem the author was unaware of the traditions of the Jewish beliefs. 03102011

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Home in the Morning

    This first book by Glickman is an interesting look at growing up Jewish in the South. I had actually already got her book, One More River, and realized it was her second. Glad to have read this first, as it lays out some of the cast of characters that follow. While short, this story packs a lot in. Worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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