Shadow Song

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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: 1,396,382
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Kay's novels include Taking Lottie Home, The Runaway, Shadow Song, and the now-classic To Dance with the White Dog, twice nominated for the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award, and winner of the Southeastern Library Association Book of the Year Award. Terry Kay has been married for 44 years and has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    Books theme rings true

    'that one undeniable moment of change' for me came when I read this book by Terry Kay. An unbelievable author who touched me with this book like no one else. Anyone who has wondered 'what if' or wished they had the courage to find themselves MUST read this book. It was life changing for me. I buy it for anyone that will read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    ONE GREAT MOMENT OF CHANGE

    A great novel of two people who realize and admit who they are and who they want and enjoy nostalgic truths in arriving at that realization. Truly a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    Not my idea of romance.

    I just could not feel warm and fuzzy about this book. I am disappointed that Mr. Kay's idea of a 'romance', written at the request of his friends, is a story of infidelity and adultery. The story is interesting and well written, the characters are likable. But I didn't like what the story represented. Also,I can't believe that anyone would still feel the same about someone they had a summer crush on at 17 years of age - 38 years ago, especially if he or she has not seen or been in contact with that person during the 38 years. (I say crush because at 17, that's about all it was.) Does this mean they have not grown up yet?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    my all time favorite

    This is the best book I've ever read. I live to read so this is quite a statement. Anyone I've ever told to read the book has loved it as much as I do. This is a two tiered love story. The emotions it evokes are incredible. I can't recommend it enough

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