Being Esther

Being Esther

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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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.

In spare, unsentimental prose, Miriam Karmel provides readers with one of literature's finest portraits of the last months of a woman's life. Sad and amusing, unpretentious and ambitious, Karmel's prose brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the character of Esther Lustig, a woman who 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 85, 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 reflects the need, as Esther puts it, for better roadmaps for growing old.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2013.
ISBN: 9781571318749
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive


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Oct 09, 2018

Great observations on getting older, your spouse and friends dying, and changes to your life like having to move to assisted living. Don't know whether older people would enjoy the story or if it would make them sad. Reminded me of the independent spirit of my late mother.

lilly29 May 27, 2014

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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lilly29 May 27, 2014

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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