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On Division

On Division

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In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a block or two up from the East River on Division Avenue, Surie Eckstein is soon to be a great-grandmother. Her ten children range in age from thirteen to thirty-nine. Her in-laws, postwar immigrants from Romania, live on the first floor of their house. Her daughter Tzila Ruchel lives on the second. She and Yidel, a scribe in such demand that he makes only a few Torah scrolls a year, live on the third. Wed when Surie was sixteen, they have a happy marriage and a full life, and, at the ages of fifty-seven and sixty-two, they are looking forward to some quiet time together. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise. Surie is pregnant. Pregnant at fifty-seven. It is a shock. And at her age, at this stage, it is an aberration, a shift in the proper order of things, and a public display of private life. She feels exposed, ashamed. She is unable to share the news, even with her husband. And so for the first time in her life, she has a secret--a secret that slowly separates her from the community. Goldie Goldbloom's On Division is an excavation of one woman's life, a story of awakening at middle age, and a thoughtful examination of the dynamics of self and collective identity. It is a steady-eyed look inside insular communities that also celebrates their comforts. It is a rare portrait of a long, happy marriage. And it is an unforgettable new novel from a writer whose imagination is matched only by the depth of her humanity.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780374175313
0374175314
Branch Call Number: FIC GOLD
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 22 cm

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CAnder14
Apr 13, 2020

"The eyes are useless when the mind is blind."

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"And so? What if you do.? Dying is not the worst thing."

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"Less said, sooner forgotten."

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"If you don't want to be old", Dead Onyu said, "hang yourself when you are young."

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She (Surie) did not wish him (the doctor) a good day, because one does not wish doctors good days. A good day for a doctor means a day with many seriously ill patients.

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SmallSnapper Apr 28, 2021

I finished this novel in one night. It is a tender portrait into the life of a Chasidic great-grandmother, Surie. Surie lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is preparing to slow down, as her family rapidly expands. When Surie suddenly becomes pregnant at the age of 57, life becomes a little difficult. Exposed, ashamed and confused, Surie goes on a quiet adventure of self-reflection, trying to understand her place in the world, and how she can be of help as a grandmother and as a woman. On Division won the 2020 Jewish Fiction award.

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