Swimming Toward the Ocean

Swimming Toward the Ocean Chenia Arnow is a Russian Jewish immigrant in s New York a sharp witted Betty Grable look alike whose accent and Old World superstitions mask untapped passions and intellectual curiosity Her hus

  • Title: Swimming Toward the Ocean
  • Author: Carole L. Glickfeld
  • ISBN: 9780385721769
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chenia Arnow is a Russian Jewish immigrant in 1950s New York, a sharp witted, Betty Grable look alike whose accent and Old World superstitions mask untapped passions and intellectual curiosity Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer who has a knack for creating phony lawsuits Their precocious daughter Devorah, tells and often imagines the richly involving story of thChenia Arnow is a Russian Jewish immigrant in 1950s New York, a sharp witted, Betty Grable look alike whose accent and Old World superstitions mask untapped passions and intellectual curiosity Her husband Ruben is a handsome philanderer who has a knack for creating phony lawsuits Their precocious daughter Devorah, tells and often imagines the richly involving story of their lives No one expects the devoted Chenia to fall under the spell of a lover of her own, but the Arnows lives unfold in many surprises In tart and seductive storytelling, Swimming Toward the Ocean follows husbands and wives and children through often shifting and misguided connections, illuminating the timeless patterns of immigrant life, and the search for love and a place in a new world.

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    1. Let Edith Wharton have high society. In Carole Glickfeld's first collection of short stories, she staked out her own particular milieu: the streets of Brooklyn, forever teeming with raucous, foolish, poignant life, where laborers deceived their wives, kids without shoes discovered sex, and families somehow stayed together. More than a decade later, Glickfeld's first novel, Swimming Toward the Ocean, reinforced her claim to this territory while demonstrating her continued affection for humanity a [...]

    2. Loved loved this book. Following Chenia's life and what she is going thru really made me feel for her, I really liked her. Good story.

    3. Alternately telling the story of Chenia, an immigrant, and her daughter, Devorah, this book follows the two through the first forty years of the daughter's life. Chenia loves, loses, and loves again, while Devorah is heralded as a smart kid and sent to gifted schools, while really just trying to understandI really liked this book. A few times I wanted to put it down because it was so ethnic (the mother uses foreign words (translated) almost every sentence and it did feel hokey at a few points, b [...]

    4. A Jewish woman her life, husband has a mistress.Three children. Yiddish quotations. Enjoyable. Merged review:I enjoyed this novel. It concerns Jewish immigrant women and her family,husbands, lovers, daughters and relatives. Spiced with Yiddish, phrases, humor, and pathos. Yiddish phrase book a help.

    5. Swimming Towards The Ocean is an unusual book about an immigrant family. The story is told though the eyes of the daughter. Her parents' marriage is unorthodox. The parents are charactors and the book revolves around them. The story moved quickly. I enjoyed reading it. I'm just not sure if I would recommend it.

    6. this book - despite it's artistic cover and promise of a haunting memoir of growing up in post-Korean War America - moves extremely slowly and contains some very graphic scenes of what my family has dubbed "married life." not impressed by the 20 pages I managed to sludge through.

    7. Good story with interesting characters. Some suspect narration to keep it intriguing. Personally, I thought that there was too much adultery to make the story believable.

    8. I enjoyed this book. A close peek into Jewish immigrants in the 1950's in NYC. I fell in love with the main character - Chenia Arnow.

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