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Lee Fishman arrived in Philadelphia as a college student, fell in love with city living and stayed. Even after traveling to Italy, Greece, France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey, England, and other beautiful countries she still can’t think of anywhere else she’d rather live. OK, maybe Paris.
Lee’s worked as an archaeology technician, candy-maker, teacher, tour guide, actor, psychic, career counselor and librarian. Along the way she found her true calling, writing. She particularly enjoys unraveling mysteries and in her next life, in addition to being six feet tall, she’d love to be a detective.
on April 14, 2012 :
Overall I thought that this book was pretty good. The main character, Rija, a recent immigrant from Sarajevo works hard just to make ends meet after her husband leaves her and her child. After working so hard during the entire book, the ending wraps up too well. I enjoyed the book a lot, but found the ending to be a bit too convenient.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 06, 2012 :
I'm a man who likes reading crime thrillers. Mostly, I like reading books written by male writers. The better ones tend to score well on plot, character development, and motivation, and they draw the reader in. I find that female writers sometimes are so convinced of the merits of their plot, or the worth of the story they're telling, that they sometimes neglect to do the other things necesssary to draw this reader in.
Like George Eliot, Lee Fishman's name doesn't disclose whether the author is male or female. Lee Fishman is female.
This book failed to draw me in. However, as the story seemed a worthy tale, I stuck with it to the end of chapter 11. Eleven chapters of narration and no momentum. Whinging, passive, pathetic characters - the three generations of characters often seemed to meld into one.
Lee - your writing is efficient but not effective, in my opinion. I needed reasons to keep reading, but ran out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 19, 2012 :
Well-Written, Enjoyable Read, - Liked It!
This is the story of a couple who fled war-devastated Sarajevo to make a new life for themselves in Philadelphia, PA. The marriage soon founders, though, as Josef takes off for Las Vegas, abandoning his family in search of easy money. This leaves Rija, her mother and their young daughter to fend for themselves, encountering hardships common to the immigrant experience. Rija takes a job cleaning offices. Money is tight, but she's determined to provide for her family and improve herself. When she isn't at work, she's attending classes to become a paralegal, and cares for her mother and daughter.
One day, Josef shows back up at the door, driving a stolen car and on the run from some gambling debts. Rija reluctantly takes him back, but the tenuous peace is soon shattered as Josef searches again for easy money, this time working for the Russian Mafia. Josef weaves together an assortment of lies and half-truths that doesn't fool his wife, who eventually realizes that she must make a choice between the much-needed money and support that Josef provides versus the peace of mind and her own chance at the American dream that she could attain without him.
I had trouble putting this book down! I felt that I was right alongside this family, in their apartment and involved in their decisions. The character development is excellent. I wanted to hold Rija's hand and yell at Josef. This is a very impressive first book and the author shows real writing talent. It's even well-edited with almost no grammatical errors - impressive for an indie book. I will definitely be watching for more books from this author.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to read and provide a fair and honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)