Home in the Morning

Home in the Morning

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by Mary Glickman
     
 

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Glickman’s debut novel—available now as an ebook
 
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

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Glickman’s debut novel—available now as an ebook
 
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 Jackson's 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.
 
This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Home in the Morning kept me home all morning and most of the afternoon as well, since I couldn’t stop reading it. This story of a nice Jewish boy from Mississippi and his struggles to forge an identity and find love during the early years of the civil rights movement was so vivid to me that I was startled to realize that half a century has passed since those traumatic days. Mary Glickman displays great skill in interweaving different decades and locales into a moving love story that is also an insightful exploration of the complexities and confusions that result from clashing cultural norms —northern and southern, black and white, male and female, Jewish and Christian, working class and ruling class. Anyone weary of the stereotypes that often pass for the history of that era will want to read this gripping novel.”
—Lisa Alther, bestselling author of Kinflicks
 

“It's not often that a first-time novelist introduces a world unknown. Home in the Morning sits at the nexus of southern Jews and shantytown Afro-Americans on the eve of desegregation. In the heat of that historic night, Mary Glickman traces one man's struggle with three women and a conscience—a treasury of tension and compassion.”
—Norman Lebrecht, author of Song of Names, Winner of the 2002 Whitbread Prize

Advance praise from readers:

“Like fine cloth, Mary Glickman weaves a delicate tale of four interwoven lives, from 1950s to 1990s Mississippi. As a Yankee Jew I have always found stories about growing up Jewish in the deep south fascinating. The relationships of Southern Jews and African Americans during the time of Freedom Fighters is also of great interest to me. The author’s photo-real descriptions brought these characters and situations to life for me, and I look forward to seeing a film made of this story. All four main players are fully formed, interesting, and leave me wanting more about their continuously, but often changing, relationships with each other.”
—Lisa Kalb Schaffer, freelance producer (Boston, MA)

Home in the Morning is a remarkable, powerful tale of a Jewish family living in Mississippi. The main character, Jackson Sassaport, is portrayed with so much honesty, vulnerability, and strength that Mary Glickman invites you to know him intimately. Her style of writing is unique, as the book begins in the "present" and then takes you on a journey from childhood through maturity with all the political, familial, and social encounters along the way. The dialect embraces you—with the southern drawl you can hear it in your mind as you read each word...it immerses you. As the book progresses it moves to the North and she allows you to feel the political and social differences in an unassuming manner. The characters were developed beautifully. Very careful thought was put into depicting all the idiosyncrasies, nuances, and development of the situations, characters and their relationships. There is almost a virgin quality to the freshness of the writing.”
—Susan I. Levine, Manager, Quest Diagnostics (Boston, MA)

“Do you tell the truth to someone if you know it will hurt them or others, or do you bury it, where it haunts you, sometimes for the rest of your life but only you suffer the despair? This is one of the ethical issues Mary Glickman brings to life in her story set in our country's most troubled time, a time when ethical issues where the lens that filtered all conversations. Completely absorbing, Glickman weaves a story of strong characters, all human, all flawed, all caught in their own struggles. Once you pick it up, you will be caught in their lives until the truth sets you free.”
—Susan Hobart, Elementary School Teacher (Madison, WI)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453258156
Publisher:
Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
636,890
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Home in the Morning kept me home all morning and most of the afternoon as well, since I couldn’t stop reading it. This story of a nice Jewish boy from Mississippi and his struggles to forge an identity and find love during the early years of the civil rights movement was so vivid to me that I was startled to realize that half a century has passed since those traumatic days. Mary Glickman displays great skill in interweaving different decades and locales into a moving love story that is also an insightful exploration of the complexities and confusions that result from clashing cultural norms —northern and southern, black and white, male and female, Jewish and Christian, working class and ruling class. Anyone weary of the stereotypes that often pass for the history of that era will want to read this gripping novel.”
—Lisa Alther, bestselling author of Kinflicks 

“It's not often that a first-time novelist introduces a world unknown. Home in the Morning sits at the nexus of southern Jews and shantytown Afro-Americans on the eve of desegregation. In the heat of that historic night, Mary Glickman traces one man's struggle with three women and a conscience—a treasury of tension and compassion.”
—Norman Lebrecht, author of Song of Names, Winner of the 2002 Whitbread Prize

Advance praise from readers:
“Like fine cloth, Mary Glickman weaves a delicate tale of four interwoven lives, from 1950s to 1990s Mississippi. As a Yankee Jew I have always found stories about growing up Jewish in the deep south fascinating. The relationships of Southern Jews and African Americans during the time of Freedom Fighters is also of great interest to me. The author’s photo-real descriptions brought these characters and situations to life for me, and I look forward to seeing a film made of this story. All four main players are fully formed, interesting, and leave me wanting more about their continuously, but often changing, relationships with each other.”
—Lisa Kalb Schaffer, freelance producer (Boston, MA)

Home in the Morning is a remarkable, powerful tale of a Jewish family living in Mississippi. The main character, Jackson Sassaport, is portrayed with so much honesty, vulnerability, and strength that Mary Glickman invites you to know him intimately. Her style of writing is unique, as the book begins in the "present" and then takes you on a journey from childhood through maturity with all the political, familial, and social encounters along the way. The dialect embraces you—with the southern drawl you can hear it in your mind as you read each word...it immerses you. As the book progresses it moves to the North and she allows you to feel the political and social differences in an unassuming manner. The characters were developed beautifully. Very careful thought was put into depicting all the idiosyncrasies, nuances, and development of the situations, characters and their relationships. There is almost a virgin quality to the freshness of the writing.”
—Susan I. Levine, Manager, Quest Diagnostics (Boston, MA)

“Do you tell the truth to someone if you know it will hurt them or others, or do you bury it, where it haunts you, sometimes for the rest of your life but only you suffer the despair? This is one of the ethical issues Mary Glickman brings to life in her story set in our country's most troubled time, a time when ethical issues where the lens that filtered all conversations. Completely absorbing, Glickman weaves a story of strong characters, all human, all flawed, all caught in their own struggles. Once you pick it up, you will be caught in their lives until the truth sets you free.”
—Susan Hobart, Elementary School Teacher (Madison, WI)

 

Meet the Author


Born on the South Shore of Boston, Massachusetts, Mary 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 in her late twenties. She now lives in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, with her husband, Stephen. Glickman is the author of Home in the Morning; One More River, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Fiction; and Marching to Zion.An Undisturbed Peace is her fourth novel.

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Home In The Morning 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Diane Reverand More than 1 year ago
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.
zenart More than 1 year ago
"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.
djweathers More than 1 year ago
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.
RosebudPC More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very hard to read. Disappointing.
Joy Fabiano More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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