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Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told.

For most of their lives, Julian Perel and his sister, Paula, lived in a house cast in silence, witnesses to a father struggling with a devastating secret too painful to share. Though their father took his demons to the grave, his past refuses to rest.

As adults, brother and sister struggle to find their voices. A scientist governed by numbers and logic, Julian now lives an ordered life of routine and seclusion. My father gave up his language and his homeland. But he carried his sadness with him, under his skin. It was mine now. In contrast, Paula has entered the world as eagerly as Julian retracts from it. An aspiring opera singer, she is always moving, buoyant with sound. Singing was the only gift I could offer to my father. I filled the house with music. I tried to give him joy. . . .

Yet both their lives begin to change on a Wednesday, miercoles, the day that sounds like miracles. Before embarking on a European opera tour, Paula asks her housekeeper, Sola, to stay at her place--and to look after Julian in the apartment above. Yet Sola, too, has a story. I want to clean myself like the window of a house, make myself clear for things to pass through. Flat and quiet.

As Paula uncovers pieces of her father's early life in Budapest and the horrifying truth of his past, Julian bears witness to Sola's story--revelations that help all three learn how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long.

The Speed of Light is a powerful debut about three unforgettable souls who overcome the tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them. In an extraordinary accomplishment, Elizabeth Rosner has created a novel of love and redemption that proves the pain of the untold story is far greater than even the most difficult truth.

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Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told. Julian and Paula are brother and sister. Their stories come to the surface, as do their emotions, and they all learn how to wrap the past within the future, how to travel at the speed of light, and how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long.

About the Author

Elizabeth Rosner is a graduate of Stanford University and received a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of California at Irvine. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, and Another Chicago Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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wrubin, August 7, 2007 (view all comments by wrubin)
Elizabeth Rosner is an uncommonly good writer. SPEED OF LIGHT is a unique construction -- three voices, three stories, three intertwined lives -- written in luminous prose. I was captivated from the beginning. What an affecting novel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345442253
Author:
Rosner, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Fathers
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Budapest
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Housekeepers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.22x5.52x.59 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told. Julian and Paula are brother and sister. Their stories come to the surface, as do their emotions, and they all learn how to wrap the past within the future, how to travel at the speed of light, and how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long.
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