The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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For the first time, one of New York City's major resident authors spins a breathtakingly immediate, intimate family novel set around the September 11th attacks. Thirty-four and decidedly independent, Renata has been known to keep her involvement with people - men in particular - to a minimum. Even her job at the library keeps her at a remove from the uncertainty of trusting other people with the stories of her past. Instead, she loses herself in language, always measuring the integrity of words against lived experience. Then Jack, patient, solid and sexy, enters her life. One bright September morning as Renata walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to work, the sky bursts open and change comes without warning. It quickly becomes clear in the days ahead that Renata cannot keep memories of her buried past - of a twin sister, a betrayal, of family truths too ugly to acknowledge - at bay. Written with tremendous compassion and imagination, informed by an abiding love for the people of New York, and crafted by a master storyteller at the height of her powers, "The Writing on the Wall" is a profoundly engaging novel about how one woman saw - and we all continue to ponder - the defining event of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582433004
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of nineteen books, including Leaving Brooklyn (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award), Rough Strife (nominated for the PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award). She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City.

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The Writing on the Wall 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Renata has, it seems, lost everything in her life. Her twin sister. Her dad. Her niece. Even her mom is distant, and her boyfriend is uncertain. Then 9-11 hits and Renata¿s entire city suffers. Renata unexpectedly finds a child and then another, and gradually begins to learn to deal with the past losses of her life. Very strong writing.
MarthaHuntley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read! This book, like other Lynne Sharon Schwartz' booksm is successful and satisfying on so many levels...what it was like to be a New Yorker during and after 9/11; the significance and morality of language; the difficulties and necessity of moving on after great loss and tragedy; the awkward and surprising community of people who experience grief together; the strength and fragility of flawed and wounded human beings. A memorably wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long short story
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I really liked the description on the front cover, but when I started reading, it really didn't have anything to do with the cover. The sequence of events is totally off compared to the actual story. Making it completely disappointing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot. The story and characters were interesting and the feelings about 9/11 were amazing. I would strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt this book could have been great, but the author seemed to want to show off her intelligence a bit. Felt like she was too interested in showing her annoyance of George W. Bush. And that took away from my interest in her characters.