Lilacs In The Snow

Lilacs In The Snow

by A. K. Henderson

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ISBN-13: 9781926918709
Publisher: CCB Publishing
Publication date: 07/27/2011
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Lilacs in the Snow: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LuckyJim More than 1 year ago
While reading Arona Henderson's Lilacs in the Snow. it's only natural for apposite lines of poetry to come to mind. Henderson is a poet as well as a novelist, and it shows. Many chapter titles are taken from familiar or less-known poems, and the author's love of words imbues every page. A leading character is described as "clinging tenaciously to the tenuous thread of life." Earlier, the same character had "shifted skillfully from subject to subject like an ice dancer sharply changing direction." But poetry is not the point here. Rather, we are immersed in the struggle of a young Canadian girl to survive alongside her equally desperate parents, each fighting different demons. Each is exceptionally intelligent and sensitive, but kept by inescapable external forces from following his or her elusive bliss. The recurring defeats and disappointments of Caasi's ever-blooming hopes will resonate with many readers who are themselves refugees from the agonies of dysfunctional families. Eventually, in a successful maturity, Caasi's journey becomes a quest for reconciliation with the past that has scarred her and still haunts her. Along the way, the author's empathy for all her characters implicitly reveals the resolution that may be possible if her heroine can close the gap between her youthful self-absorption and a mature understanding. A surprising and happy postscript is a compendium of all the sources, poetic and otherwise, from which the chapter titles are taken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether I choose to read a book typically depends on the presence of certain criteria, e.g., the author's work is familiar to me, it has been favorably reviewed, its content is of interest to me, someone has recommended it to me. Lilacs in the Snow met none of my criteria. I acquired and read it anyway. It was an enriching experience! It is about the emotional odyssey of Cassi (her father reversed the letters of Issac to create it), a Jewish girl living in Montreal with her father. You will come to despise the father for his cruelty and utter lack of understanding about the needs of a bright, sensitive young girl, adolescent and young adult. You will come to love long-suffering Cassi, and become impatient with her for permitting herself to be subjected for so long to a father undeserving of her devotion and obedience. Congratulations to Dr. Henderson for a marvelous first novel! Read it slowly....and savor it. Gerald R. Thorson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author shared her life so openly! The book is a must read and is so hard to put down once you open it. The many challenges she went through growing up and then trying to heal the relationship with her father when she was an adult: the reader feels like they are right there with her throughout the book. Great read!
RobertWicks More than 1 year ago
Lilacs in the Snow is Arona Henderson's first novel, and it is rare for a beginning novelist to produce a book of this substance. Its locale of Canada gives the reader a view of Canadian life in the last century that is rarely found in literature. That alone is enough to commend it to others. While the structure of the book is modern, the writing itself harks back to a time when authors wrote more leisurely prose and fleshed out details with an abundance of adjectives and adverbs. The result is a prose style so rich that it cannot be devoured quickly but must be read slowly and savored like a rich dessert. Its exploration of the complicated relationship between a daughter and her father, which forms the backbone of the novel, is both universal and unique. This is a book that demands to be read slowly to be enjoyed fully.
Sandra-Kaye More than 1 year ago
I thank the author Arona for writing this wonderful, touching, and memorable book. The affecting and arresting story telling conveyed striking realism, freshness, and trueness to life. The title metaphor is evident throughout the novel. Entranced, I followed Caasi on her tumultuous journey to adulthood; as I experienced the gamut of her emotional quandaries, I unavoidably yet willingly relived memories of my own childhood. I consider this book to be an honest and evocative portrayal of the times. I heartily recommend it to readers of all ages.
AlisainCali More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read! A heartwarming tale, with eloquent prose. Lilacs in the Snow is one of those rare coming of age novels that manages to perfectly blend humor and the painful, difficult truths of love and the chaos of life for a young Jewish girl in Montreal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book riveted me to my chair like none I have encountered before. It plumbs the depths of human emotions. It is in an engrossing tale of a young girl's quest to rediscover love she lost and love she believed to be still available if she could release it from its bondage. It will resonate with all readers, young and old, as so many have experienced a sense of isolation after a loss of someone they dearly love. Book club readers can discuss in depth the infinite variety of the individual chapters, the precise detailing of Jewish family life, the surprising humor amid the chaos, and the turbulent resolution. There is no grief that a pure heart can not conquer is the uplifting message.