Painting Bridges: A Novel

Painting Bridges: A Novel

by Patricia Averbach


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Painting Bridges: A Novel by Patricia Averbach

Here is a novel set in rural New York and Cleveland, Ohio treating the recovery from grief of a young woman, Samantha, who has lost her husband and young daughter. She finds herself alone in a big house until company comes to call in the person of a young deaf child. It's a story of loss and recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933964690
Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers Center in Chautauqua, New York. She is the 2013 winner of the London-based Lumen/Camden Poetry Prize. As part of the prize, a poetry chapbook, Missing Persons, will be published late in 2013. Her previous work includes a memoir about her very early career as Anzia Yezierska’s sixteen year old literary assistant, and an article about the Jewish community in a virtual world called Second Life. She holds a degree in speech pathology from Case Western Reserve University where she worked in a deaf nursery during the 1970s. She is married to Attorney Mark Averbach and is the mother of two grown daughters, Ann and Elana. This is her first novel.

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"In today's world of very early identification of deafness, surgical implantation of cochlear implants and endless wireless technology and downloadable apps, Painting Bridges is magnificent in presenting a sensitive and accurate depiction of the 1970s. The novel presents a time when late identification of deafness was the norm, resulting in limited language and speech development, amplification equipment that was rudimentary and bulky, and deaf educators were at war with one another in pursuit of parents' hearts and minds. Patricia Averbach has written a great historical novel documenting a contentious period in deaf education." -Beverly A. Goldstein, Ph.D

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