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The Bone Weaverby Victoria Zackheim
Synopses & Reviews
Set in contemporary Los Angeles and 19th Century eastern Europe, The Bone Weaver explores the life of Mimi Zilber, a highly regarded professor struggling to survive the death of her life-long friend, Sarah. By looking back into three generations of women — great-grandmother, grandmother, mother — and studying those threads that make up her family tapestry (threads fashioned from their lives and, thus, their bones), she begins to understand the source of her isolation. Even more, Mimi is forced to confront how, by submerging herself in academia and living her dreams of marriage and motherhood through Sarah, she has managed to avoid intimacy.
"By taking apart her family's tapestry thread by thread, Mimi...learns important lessons about courage and the will to survive. The sense of place in this first novel, both in the past and present, is captivating and profound." Book Passage News & Reviews
"[A] lovely novel about a woman in mourning..." Bellingham Herald
Following the death of her lifelong friend, professor Mimi Zilber sets off on a journey to discover how she came to this lonely place in her life, and why she is running from the opportunity to love. The Bone Weaver is a blend of history and fiction created around three generations of women - beginning with Mimi's great-grandmother Malka - and their struggles to survive pogroms, illness, and the violence of shtetl life in 19th Century Eastern Europe. By taking apart the family tapestry thread by thread, and then studying these women and their daily lives of uncertainty, tragedy, and joy, Mimi learns important lessons about courage and the will to survive. And in her discovery of what makes these women remarkable, she also discovers herself.
About the Author
Author Victoria Zackheim is a native Californian residing in San Francisco. A freelance writer by profession, her print and media client roster, past and present, includes many of the country's leading technology and financial corporations. The recipient of numerous advertising copy awards, she has also contributed stories and articles to both American and French publications. She is presently on book tour, where she is appearing at books fairs and bookstores throughout the United States. Additionally, she is leading her writing work-shop, Turning your family history into fiction. The Bone Weaver is Ms. Zackheim's first novel. Her second, Adjusting the Brakes, is near completion.
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