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Rose of Jericho (Large print, Hardcover, Large Print edition)
Rose of Jericho (Large print, Hardcover, Large Print edition): Rosemary Friedman

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Rose of Jericho (Large print, Hardcover, Large Print edition)

Rosemary Friedman

Series: Ulverscroft General Large Print Series

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A sequel to Proofs of Affection (1982) - in which the London offspring of an Orthodox Jewish couple, Sydney and Kitty Shelton, broke out to find their own not-so-orthodox lifestyles. Now, following Sydney's sudden death, the primary emphasis is on Kitty's widowhood, with vignette-glimpses of the kids and the in-laws. In the novel's first half, on her first holiday in the 18 months since Syndey died, Kitty is off to Israel, alone on a package tour. (Her intended travel-companion is laid up with a broken ankle.) Lots of Israel sightseeing ensues, then, with emphasis on the spiritual/ethnic heritage to be soaked up at Masada, on the Dead Sea, in the Negev - though Friedman supplies a little satiric observation (tourist traps, tacky tourists) along with the uplift. And, since Kitty starts out as quite a devout Jew, the emphasis isn't so much on identity-awakening (cf. Sara Davidson's glutinous Friends of the Opposite Sex, etc.) as on Kitty's growing courage: she's cajoled into climbing on rocks; and, above all, she very reluctantly allows herself to be courted by American physician Maurice Morgenthau, a concentration-camp survivor who horrifies Kitty with his non-kosher eating. . . but, with one touch of his hand, sends "the blood coursing through veins which, since Sydney's death, she had imagined dry." Meanwhile, family crises are waiting for Kitty back in England. Her brother-in-law Leon is terminally ill. Sister-in-law Freda has received an anonymous note about her dear husband Harry's alleged infidelity (and even a paternity suit). Kitty's nephew Norman is overcoming an unhealthy attachment to his now-deceased mother, working his way free to fail happily in love with divorcee Sandra. And, while Kitty's new daughter-in-law Sarah is converting to Judaism, the major action centers on the upcoming wedding of Kitty's daughter Rachel: the rich, ostentatious parents of the groom have insisted on a huge, fancy wedding - so there's lots of tsuris about each detail. . . until the big day - when wedding-guest Maurice arrives from America with a scary marriage-proposal for newly-adventurous, still-timid Kitty. Friedman (author of last year's drippy A Loving Mistress) arranges things far too neatly and predictably here; her prose is often bland, mushy, over-explanatory; and Maurice's letters to Kitty - about the Holocaust and Jewish identity - are pompous, pretentious intrusions. Still: a not-unwelcome footnote to the zestier Proofs of Affection - with enough recognitions re family, widowhood, and Jewishness to provide low-key, haimish appeal. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Imprint: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Ulverscroft General Large Print Series
Release date: April 1990
Authors: Rosemary Friedman
Dimensions: 220mm (L)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 429
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7089-2207-1
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction
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LSN: 0-7089-2207-4
Barcode: 9780708922071

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