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The Inbetween People

How does one cope when a mother picks up, without warning and abandons the family, setting off for another country to live with a man other than your father? How does a child of four handle the death of his mother, from childbirth, within the environment of conflicts in Israel?

The Inbetween People, by Emma McEvoy, is a novel that quite brilliantly depicts two individuals who become friends. Ari Goldberg is Jewish. Saleem is an Israeli Arab. The two meet and through the years we read about their struggles to maintain their lives within the constant struggles that are ongoing between the Jews and the Arabs.

Much of the book deals with the issues of the loss of their mothers. Ari’s mother and her abandonment of the family takes its toll in every facet of his life. He tries to extinguish his feelings and his thoughts on her, but they resurface to haunt him.

The same is true of Saleem, and how the loss of his mother affected him and the rest of his family. How the loss of his grandmother’s house affected how the family managed to survive the indecency of it.

I thought The Inbetween People had a lot to offer in regards to family dynamics, especially how loss defines a person. The characters tried to bury their losses, tried to hide their memories from themselves, to no avail.

Ari begins to write from a prison cell, and he writes of the loss of his mother. Saleem joins the Israeli army, as an Arab, hoping to help the conflicts occurring.

Can we bury the past? When familial, emotional trauma constantly fills us, mentally, physically and emotionally, we can become like people in limbo, in between the past and the present. The connections are intertwined. Through McEvoy’s beautiful prose, almost poetic prose and word imagery, we are given a lot to ponder in that respect.

The novel is a sad one, poignant, and a reminder of the human condition. The story is a metaphor for love, loss and redemption, within a framework of an ongoing social situation.

It did have a strong message, within the short framework. Emma McEvoy’s prose is filled with loveliness, and a feeling of melancholy illuminates the pages. I found The Inbetween People to be an excellent read regarding the emotional issues surrounding motherly loss and regarding the issues of conflict within a country’s changing attitudes and ideals. Emma McEvoy encompassed those issues well.

This was my second reading of this novel, as I read it recently for a book club.

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Current Reads March 6, 2015

Currently, I am reading The Glassblower, by Petra Durst-Benning. It is almost 500 pages long, and I have a little over 100 pages to go before I finish.

So far, it has been fairly enjoyable. Yet, I wonder about the book’s title. When a reader has to read over 50% of a book before the title begins to make sense, it is a bit disconcerting.

That is not to say that the book isn’t a decent read, so far, because it IS.


I finished reading The Hypnotist’s Love Story, by Liane Moriarity. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, I rate it a 3.

Her novel, What Alice Forgot, was an excellent read, that I recently finished, also. I would rate it a 4.

I decided to read The Hypnotist’s Love Story based on the writing of What Alice Forgot.


So far, this year, I have read almost 30 books, according to my Books Read 2015 list. I have actually read a few more than that, but have not listed them for this blog.

Back to my coffee and reading. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


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Good to Return

It is good to return to my blog. I have been on vacation, and before leaving, I decided I would stay away from blogging. It wasn’t difficult to do, within the environment surrounding me.

I had a fantastic time wandering the Pacific Coast Highway, between Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula, in California. My senses were filled with magnificent scenery, seascapes, cliff overviews, hiking, eating, watching whales and otters, visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, tasting my way through wine country, and so much more.

There are a few books I recommend for those of you who want to learn more about the California coast, and for those contemplating traveling the coast. I have read them all.

The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair With the Sea

The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Series

Big Sur, Monterey Bay & Gold Coast Wine Country

Life in a California Mission

I finished reading: All the Light We Cannot Sea, by Anthony Doerr

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Book Diva News – October 13, 2013

Bridging the World a Book at a Time

Bridging the World a Book at a Time

I have about 100 pages left to read (out of over 800) in the book, Paris: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd.

McDonalds Happy Meals
will be containing books, the first week of November.

L.A. Times Bestsellers List, October 13, 2013.

New York Times Best Sellers list October 13, 2013.

The Goldfinch
, by Donna Tartt looks to be a compelling read.

The year 2017 will see a personal diary published by Alice Walker.

Local Brevard, Florida authors and their books.

Healing art…donations from kid’s book illustrators.

Oldest Jewish prayer book unearthed.

Visit the NPR
for more book news.

Sorry for the update…I had to fix a link.

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Varied Book Reviews

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After sunset, I love to sit in my favorite chair with a cup of decaffeinated green tea with honey and lemon in it, and read. I do this each evening. I read during the day, also, don’t get me wrong, but there is something about relaxing in the evening and perusing the pages of a book.

Many of the books I read come from new releases based on an author I like, or on a review of a book I am interested in.

Each of the links below give the curious reader a variety of books that have been reviewed. There might be a review of a book you are interested in reading, so browse through their listings.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review offers book reviews that blend cultures, societal issues, and so much more. Take a look.

Visit the Los Angeles Review of Books to see their collection for this week.

London Review of Books also has interesting material.

The Wall Street Journal offers their take on books.

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July 2013 Book Diva Reviews

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I reviewed the following books during July 2013:

The First Lady of Fleet Street

The Lives They Left Behind


Identical Strangers

The Periodic Table

The Retrospective

Soul to Soul

A Mind of Winter

Chains Around the Grass

I have read more books than I reviewed. It is always the way with me. I average a minimum of two books a week, usually three. I don’t review each book I read, due to time constraints.

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Absent With Cause

I have been absent this past week. A dear friend of mine had quadruple by-pass surgery, and priorities took place. He is now out of ICU, and in a regular hospital room, breathing on his own. It has been a stressful time for him, his wife, his children and family, and for me.

Blogging seemed irrelevant during this time period. While I have not been blogging, I have been reading in between waiting.

I finished reading:

The Watchmaker’s Daughter
, by Sonia Taitz

Hanns and Rudolph, by Thomas Harding

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