When Sadie sees her brother Irving nervously shifting about on her front lawn, she knows that something's wrong. Goldie, their eldest sister, has vanished without a trace, leaving everyone stunned. What begins as a family mystery becomes something deeper still: a dazzling portrait of the Cohen family and a moving story of American small-city life, spanning the years from 1929 to the late 1940s.
Told in a seamless wave of perspectives, the story documents the lives of the reliable and seemingly invulnerable Sadie, her over-sexed sister Jo, and their brother Irving, whose secrets, and fears, cause him to court disaster. Also, it's a story of the family patriarch, Abe Cohen, who immigrated to America from Russia with his wife and the 5-year-old Goldie. When Abe declares Goldie dead months after her disappearance, everyone is shocked. But then again, this is a man who during his wife's illness began an affair with another woman.
©2004 Nancy Reisman; (P)2004 Books on Tape