Shadow Song

Shadow Song

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by Terry Kay
     
 

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In the summer of 1955, Madison Lee "Bobo" Murphy was a waiter at the Catskills' Pine Hill Inn. A rural Southerner, he had never heard the word meshugge until Avrum Feldman — a retired New York City furrier — became his unlikely friend. For Bobo, nothing about that special time and place ever lost its glow: Avrum's obsession with the haunting

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In the summer of 1955, Madison Lee "Bobo" Murphy was a waiter at the Catskills' Pine Hill Inn. A rural Southerner, he had never heard the word meshugge until Avrum Feldman — a retired New York City furrier — became his unlikely friend. For Bobo, nothing about that special time and place ever lost its glow: Avrum's obsession with the haunting voice of a famous opera diva, music that no one else could hear; the exotic mingling of Yiddish and German in the dining room; and the girl he met and loved.
In everyone's life, Avrum claimed, there is one grand, undeniable moment that never stops mattering. For Bobo, it was his first glimpse of beautiful Amy Lourie. But, for a wealthy Jewish girl and a Georgia farm boy, the summer had to end, leaving Bobo with the pain of lost love. Nearly forty years later, his children grown and marriage comfortably routine, Bobo comes north once more; there, amidst the haunting hints of Amy's presence, she unexpectedly appears. Nothing has dimmed the passion of their youth, yet two lifetimes and a thousand Catskills sunsets stand between who they were and who they have become. The barriers between them are different now. But mysteriously, miraculously, Bobo reawakens the dream of a love larger than himself....

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Editorial Reviews

Orlando Sentinel
"A heartwarming story"
Booklist
"A rare and wonderful love story....Absolutely enchanted."
Anne Rivers Siddons
"Shadow Song is a rare and beautiful book."
From the Publisher
"Shadow Song [is] so good....Remarkably open....Filled with grace, intelligence, and tender humor"

"Shadow Song is a rare and beautiful book."

"A heartwarming story"

"A rare and wonderful love story....Absolutely enchanted."

Dallas Morning News
"Shadow Song [is] so good....Remarkably open....Filled with grace, intelligence, and tender humor"
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Perhaps destined to become this season's The Bridges of Madison County , this sentimental romance novel by the author of To Dance with the White Dog pulls on the heartstrings as it tells a bittersweet tale of thwarted love. Naive and gentlemanly Madison Lee (``Bobo'') Murphy is 17 when, in 1955, he leaves rural Georgia to work at a resort in the Catskills, where he experiences instant culture shock among the inn's Jewish clientele. He comes under the influence of Avrum Feldman, an elderly eccentric who has devoted his life to the memory of Amelita Galli-Curci, the legendary soprano: ``the voice of the music spoke to Avrum, and the power to wish, to dream, was released in him.'' Avrum is regarded by locals as a crazy old man; but Bobo cherishes him as a prophet and visionary, and Avrum encourages Bobo when he falls chastely in love with Amy Lourie, a rich Jewish girl from New York visiting the resort with her protective parents. Bobo and Amy spend an unforgettable summer, but then they part, ignoring Avrum's pronouncements about the importance of ``one grand, undeniable moment of change.'' Now, 38 years later, Bobo has returned to the Catskills to bury Avrum--and discovers that Amy is there too. Though Kaye obviously models his narrative style on Pat Conroy, he does not have the same gifts for melodious prose. But he conveys his homespun truths and a heavy air of nostalgia with enough skill to make readers project their own wish-fulfillment fantasies onto his second-time-around lovers. Major ad/promo; film rights sold to Warner Brothers and the Lee Rich Company; audio rights to Simon & Schuster; Literary Guild selection; author tour. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671892609
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,243,000
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.08(d)

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