A Life Less Lived

A Life Less Lived


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The Borskys are a Jewish family living in the world of an immigrant Chicago neighborhood in the 1940's. As the parents deal with all the problems of life in a new and strange culture, circumstances send the family into a tailspin. Life will never be the same for them again, as the novel follows the twists and turns that their lives take, set against the turbulent times of postwar America. All the while, Evelyn faces her growing up years, as the novel unflinchingly takes her from childhood to young womanhood, from high school to young marriage and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482761047
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Dr. Eileen Ladin-Panzer has a Ph.D. in Educational Public Policy Analysis and has spent over thirty years in the Chicago Public Schools as an educator.

With this debut novel based on the city she knows and loves, she is fulfilling her lifelong ambition to be a writer. A Chicago native, she still loves in the Chicago area most of the year, dividing her time between Chicago and Florida.

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A Life Less Lived 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Life Less Lived by Eileen Ladin-Panzer is a 389 page book written in third person. It chronicles the life of the Borsky family, first generation immigrants, in 1945 Chicago. The story shows the hardships of trying to live the American dream and still hang on to your heritage. What it is like to have monotonous days of hard labor, for not much money, and night-school to learn English. Trying to adapt to a new way of life in post-war America was a constant battle. I thought the characters were fleshed out fairly well. Their personalities conveyed their internal struggle to find happiness and their place in life. I would have felt a little more connection if there had been more interaction. The narrator tells a lot of the book rather than the characters. There is page after page with no dialogue. I think the book needs a good edit. There is way too much description too. Less is more in this case. I believe there is a good story in there, it just needs to be streamlined and it will read much smoother.