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Being Esther

A Novel
Karmel, Miriam (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
Constantly trying to fend off attempts by her daughter to move her into assisted living, Esther Lustig, an elderly Jewish woman who lives as much in the past as in the present, finds herself lost in a world which has disappeared along with many who had inhabited it.

Perseus Publishing
A wonderful fiction debut, Being Esther gives voice to Esther Lustig, an extraordinary woman who has lived a conventional life, in this touching exploration of aging and its accompanied search for meaning.

In spare, refreshingly unsentimental prose, Miriam Karmel has given us one of literature’s finest portraits of the last months of a woman’s life. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious and ambitious, Karmel’s fiction debut brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the character of Esther Lustig, a woman readers will recognize and embrace.

Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustig has led a seemingly conventional life?marriage, two children, a life in suburban Chicago. Now, at the age of eighty-five, her husband is deceased, her children have families of their own, and most of her friends are gone. Even in this diminished condition, life has its moments of richness, as well as its memorable characters. Being Esther is an exploration of aging, a search for meaning, and about the need, as Esther puts it, for better roadmaps for growing old.


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Constantly trying to fend off attempts by her daughter to move her into assisted living, Esther Lustig, an elderly Jewish woman, finds herself lost in a world which has disappeared along with many who had inhabited it.

Authors: Karmel, Miriam
Statement of Responsibility: Miriam Karmel
Title: Being Esther
a novel
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 187 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject Headings: Older women Fiction Self-realization in women Fiction
Topical Term: Older women
Self-realization in women
LCCN: 2012025933
ISBN: 9781571310965
1571310967
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2621
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May 27, 2014
  • lilly29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are curious about how the elderly may think, why they may stop in the middle of doing something and look like they are lost or just concerned with treating them 'right', this is the book to read.

Every young person should read this book. And middle aged people who think they will never grow old, should read this book. It is written for every age bracket.

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May 27, 2014
  • lilly29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book that I read that was written from an elderly women point of view. The author did a good job capturing Ester's thoughts and the thoughts of the outside world.
Written well.

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