S.B.Lerner's novel is also the author of the novel "A Suitable Husband" a novel set in 1930s Poland, when the economy was crumbling, the government was in chaos, and Jewish groups argued over how best to deal with the worsening situation. It is the story of Bianca Lieber, who joins a Zionist youth group rather than marry the doctor brought by the matchmaker; her brother Natan, whose fighting spirit leads him to the Labor movement; and their beleagured mother Danka, who only wants to keep the family together and out of poverty.
In the Middle of Almost and Other Storiesby S.B. Lerner
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An engrossing collection of funny, poignant and bittersweet stories about busy young women who find men in all the wrong places (the garage attendant across the street, the stay-at-home dad in the playground, the younger man at the diner counter) and discover something about themselves in the process.
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Lerner presents (the characters) so well that they jump right off the page and connect with you emotionally. - Every Day is an Adventure, Blog
... beautifully written. I really enjoyed all the stories, especially Out on a Ledge where I felt a particular affinity to Jessica and her story which was both touching and bittersweet. - The Aussie Zombie, blog
The protagonists in her stories exude a deep sexuality and abiding intelligence that make the reader root for her to find the man who's truly deserving and even though it doesn't happen, you know it will. These stories resonate long after you put down the book.- Les Edgerton, novelist, author of nine books, including Hooked and The Bitch.
The memoirs deal mostly with family memories. The last one, "Memories in a Desk Drawer," being perhaps the most moving part of the whole collection. - The Book Connection, blog
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Many women will relate to the gals in the stories... and the experience of being single in an uncertain world. They try to find a connection that feels right, but don't quite get it right. Loved reliving the time I was single and in the middle of finding my way. Thoughtful and sometimes funny, an enjoyable collection.
This is a VERY fast read. In fact, I would call it flash fiction rather than short stories. I really enjoyed every story. They were romantic in nature, but not the happy ending kind. More the reality kind. Where that warm and fuzzy feeling either isn't there or it isn't enough. There was one story about a recently widowed mother. I recognized the lost feeling as she's sitting at the park she thinks: "Watching my four-year-old son isn't exactly work, but neither is it relaxation. It's like being a sentry in peacetime - it's important, but there's not much to do." The book includes 5 short stories, an excerpt from a novel and 2 short memoirs. Both deal with her parents survival of the holocaust. Her father was so much older when she saw the pain it caused him. The following quote is from when the author, as an adult walks into her father's office and spots him, looking at photos from his youth back in Poland. "'Did anyone else survive?'" "He kind of shrugged at first. 'No...well, I was just looking at them...'" The book read very fast, but it was all really good. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good chick lit, but can live without the "love conquers all" type themes. It really was refreshing.
Is how sexual and narrative tension arise so quickly and unexpectedly from such a spare, chaste style of writing. Wonderful.