Shadow Songby Terry Kay
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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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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Even though Kay states that he has never written a love story, many of his books are just that. The Shadow Song is a wonderful read. All of his books are excellent.
'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.
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.
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
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?