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Kaaterskill Falls (1998)

de Allegra Goodman

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In the summer of '76, the Shulmans and the Melishes migrate to Kaaterskill, the tiny town in upstate New York where Orthodox Jews and Yankee year-rounders live side by side from June through August. Elizabeth Shulman, a devout follower of Rav Elijah Kirshner and the mother of five daughters, is restless. She needs a project of her own, outside her family and her cloistered community. Across the street, Andras Melish is drawn to Kaaterskill by his adoring older sisters, bound to him by their loss and wrenching escape from the Holocaust. Both comforted and crippled by his sisters' love, Andras cannot overcome the ambivalence he feels toward his children and his own beautiful wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is coming to the end of his life, and he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him: the pious but stolid Isaiah, or the brilliant but worldly Jeremy. Behind the scenes, alarmed as his beloved Kaaterskill is overdeveloped by Michael King, the local real estate broker, Judge Miles Taylor keeps an old secret in check, biding his time....… (mais)
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I think someone gave this to me, thinking I would like it, with "The National Bestseller" and a National Book Award finalist sticker on the cover. I didn't. Spanning June 1976 to June 1978, it is set in the fictional town of Kaaterskill in the Catskill Mountains, which is based on the real town of Tannerville, near the real Kaaterskill Falls, where the author's family spent the summers. In this book, a sect of Orthodox Jews from New York City spends its summers in the town. I could not relate, and there wasn't enough plot for me to care, but I did finish it, as I kept hoping something would happen. ( )
  riofriotex | Jan 4, 2021 |
Interesting story, the ending chapters are particularly interesting elements of family, religion, and individuals coming to terms with their own lives. ( )
  deldevries | Aug 1, 2018 |
Religious Jews summering in the Catskills!!! Sounds like Trout Lake in the Laurentians to me. A gentle character driven story. Insightful writing. Very well done.

Deborah, you will really like this one! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Goodman writes a beautiful tale of the discordance at Kaaterskill Falls of Orthodox Jews and the non-orthodox, the summer visitors and the year-round residents, the young and the old. Using the family of old Rav Kirshner; the struggle between him and his sons, she successfully captures the complex intensity of deep-seated feeings between couples, families and the community.

Many key characters struggle with their identites, place in the community, and in the larger world. Goodman points directly to those in orthodox families and communities as suffering the most severe and painful introspection. They question their faith against powerful frustration and anger, and how they reconcile their emotions to reach decisions about their future.

Well-planned and written. Great read! ( )
1 vote Bookish59 | Jan 6, 2017 |
Just rearead this and liked it much more the second time. Add a star. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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In the summer of '76, the Shulmans and the Melishes migrate to Kaaterskill, the tiny town in upstate New York where Orthodox Jews and Yankee year-rounders live side by side from June through August. Elizabeth Shulman, a devout follower of Rav Elijah Kirshner and the mother of five daughters, is restless. She needs a project of her own, outside her family and her cloistered community. Across the street, Andras Melish is drawn to Kaaterskill by his adoring older sisters, bound to him by their loss and wrenching escape from the Holocaust. Both comforted and crippled by his sisters' love, Andras cannot overcome the ambivalence he feels toward his children and his own beautiful wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is coming to the end of his life, and he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him: the pious but stolid Isaiah, or the brilliant but worldly Jeremy. Behind the scenes, alarmed as his beloved Kaaterskill is overdeveloped by Michael King, the local real estate broker, Judge Miles Taylor keeps an old secret in check, biding his time....

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