The Book of Live Wires

The Book of Live Wires

by Gayle Brandeis
     
 

Still grieving the death of his first wife, Darryl Sternberg enlists a woman to translate his grandmother’s journals from Russian, French and Yiddish. He finds himself increasingly embroiled with his quirky yet provocative translator as she uncovers hidden stories within his Jewish roots. His new wife Ava Sing Lo, meanwhile, is searching for her unknown

Overview

Still grieving the death of his first wife, Darryl Sternberg enlists a woman to translate his grandmother’s journals from Russian, French and Yiddish. He finds himself increasingly embroiled with his quirky yet provocative translator as she uncovers hidden stories within his Jewish roots. His new wife Ava Sing Lo, meanwhile, is searching for her unknown father, who had been a black soldier in Korea. Their baby is diagnosed with sickle cell anemia; as Darryl and Ava learn to navigate Bella’s illness, they also learn to navigate and confront the secrets they’ve kept from one another (and themselves).

Readers of the Bellwether Prize-winning novel The Book of Dead Birds will cheer the return of cherished characters, and new readers will fall in love with the Sternberg-Sing Lo family for the first time. Filled with humor and heartache, The Book of Live Wires is ultimately a story about moving forward with love, even in the face of uncertainty.

Praise for The Book of Dead Birds

“Lyrical, imaginative, beautifully crafted, and deeply intelligent. Before anything else, its characters take you by the heart.”
— Barbara Kingsolver

“[It] has an edgy beauty that enhances perfectly the seriousness of its contents.”
— Toni Morrison

“[A] vivid tale of a woman learning to save and cherish life.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“Brandeis has a poet’s ear for the music of language …[her] characters and their fledgling flights of the heart stay with readers long after the book is closed and set aside.”
— January Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032842903
Publisher:
Gayle Brandeis
Publication date:
10/27/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
182 KB

Meet the Author

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt). She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an exclusive ebook. Gayle's poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon.com, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award. Gayle holds a BA in “Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation and Healing” from the University of Redlands, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University, where she currently teaches. She is also on the national staff of the women's peace organization CODEPINK and is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective, as well as an advisory board member of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Gayle lives in Riverside, CA and has a son in college, a daughter in high school, and a toddler.

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