Set in the late 1960s, this story has almost nothing to do with Vietnam. Instead, it deals with conflicts between parents and children, spouses, sisters, and lovers. Infidelity, sibling rivalry, and social change are highlighted as the novel explores multiple varieties and two generations of deception and self-deception. "Gripping and powerful." "A brilliant first novel, gorgeously executed."
|Publisher:||Leonore H. Dvorkin|
|File size:||377 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Leonore H. Dvorkin was born in 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She and her author husband, David Dvorkin, have lived in Denver, Colorado, since 1971. Their son, Daniel Dvorkin, has written two science fiction novels with his father. Leonore works as a tutor of German and Spanish, a German to English translator, a proofreader/editor, and a weight training instructor. Her novel APART FROM YOU was first published by Wildside Press in 2000, and the revised version was published in 2010 by CreateSpace. It is available in e-book from Smashwords and Amazon and from Amazon in print. Leonore's nonfiction memoir is ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE: A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY, updated in 2012 and widely available in e-book and print. Apart from You cover photo copyright 2010 by Leonore H. Dvorkin. Another Chance at Life cover photo copyright 1988 by Leonore H. Dvorkin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found Apart From You an intriguing story that touched on many of my most cherished values, especially concerning relationships, love, and commitment. Because of a major decision by one of the main characters to justify a sexual relationship with a college friend while trying to also maintain a future relationship with her liberal fiance, the result is tremendous pain and suffering for everyone involved. This is especially true for the friend who eventually has to deal with the fact that he was very much misled. Leonore does an excellent job in making these complicated situations seeem real. Surprisingly, the story ends with tremendous hope and personal growth amid all the negativity. I put the book down feeling that life really is good. Congratulations, Leonore, on an excellent first novel.
A great deal happens in Apart From You, but it happens within the characters. The action consists of their growth and change as they deal with emotional and moral dilemmas. This is a subtle, finely crafted novel that will appeal to intelligent readers.
Years ago, a book like this probably would not have gotten published. But with the development of e-books and print-on-demand publishing, it's much easier to get your book in print. Anyone can probably be an author now. This book has no theme, and no character development, to speak of, and it certainly doesn't have a plot. My advice to the author is: "Don't quit your day job."
APART FROM YOU by Leonore Dvorkin is indeed a page turner. The author has created characters that grip the reader from start to finish. Although set in the 1960's, the reader will feel as though it is 2001. Leonore Dvorkin handles difficult subject matters such as loving two people at the same time, family estrangement, fidelity, and loyalty with the skill of a master novelist. I'm sure we'll see more of Leonore Dvorkin's work. Don't miss reading this one!