Apart From Love
by Uvi Poznansky
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: December 25, 2013
Publisher: Uvi Poznansky
Genre: Literary Fiction
Print Length: 352 pages
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Secrets, passion, betrayal...
Written with passionate conviction, this story is being recorded by
two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven year old student, and Anita, a
plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, his
aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves
increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape
recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first
that their voices are being captured by him.
Meanwhile, Lenny is trying to keep a secret from both of them: his
ex-wife, Ben's mother, a talented pianist, has been stricken with an
early-onset alzheimer. Taking care of her gradually weighs him down.
What emerges in these characters is a struggle, a desperate, daring
struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt
These tapes hold the secret of the story. As one of the characters
concludes, "I wish I could be more confident of its veracity and
completeness. I wish I could do more. This, I suppose, is the nature of
the quest for truth--even if it is truth in fiction."
Apart From Love by Uvi Poznansky
And again, Uvi Poznansky uses her words as she uses the stroke of her brush to create art. Apart From Love is a journey through the complex relationships of a son, his father and his young stepmother when desires overrule propriety and create a triangle filled with emotion, past deeds and untold regrets and untruths. Told through the voices of Ben and his young stepmother, Anita, their voices resonate at such a different pitch, there is no doubt who is speaking as they record their thoughts to each other. What has drawn them toward each other? Is it Ben’s need to reconnect with his mother that he sees Anita as a younger version?
When one enjoys anything from Uvi Poznansky, they can expect art on the pages, told from her heart and soul. She treats every work as a treasured piece, imparting her own manner of living a tale. Ms. Poznansky’s work cannot be rushed through; there are too many layers, too many complex thoughts that must be pondered and a tale that does not follow the expected formula. I found myself searching between her words to find a deeper meaning to her tale. When an author pulls you so far into their tale that you must struggle to leave after that last page, they truly have a gift that is to be admired. Forget high action, fast-paced drama, which is not Ms. Poznansky’s style. Savor this read, with a glass of wine and a warm fire, reality and the world will wait for you later.