After Long Silence (Pdf kindle) by Helen Fremont

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Characters After Long Silence Summary Û After Long Silence 102 To this day I don't even know what my mother's real name isHelen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic It wasn't until she was an adult practicing law in Boston that she discovered her parents were Jewish Holocaust survivors living invented lives Not even their names were their own In this powerful memoir Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for than four decades recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable This may be the first memoir I ve ever made it through because I m NOT a fan of nonfiction If life were so interesting why would we need to make stuff up I read this book bc Helen Fremont is a friend of a friend and was a guest writer giving a reading at the community college where I taught at the time This book is a beautifully told story paralelling Fremont s discovery that her family was covering up their Jewish identity after the Holocaust which prompts her to come out of the closet to them the dynamics of honesty secrecy family etc are very powerful Fremont sacrificed a lot to tell this story Think about it if your family were hiding a secret for decades and you wrote a memoir about that would take guts wouldn t it Fremont is an excellent writer and a terrific person When she s not teaching at the Harvard summer writers institute she s a public defender not a glamourous life Maybe it s not what everyone expects in their Goodreads reviews but I think a writer being a good human being is worth a bonus star

Characters After Long Silence

After Long Silence

Characters After Long Silence Summary Û After Long Silence 102 Tale of survival as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truthDriven to uncover their roots Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty of concentration camps and buried lives After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take foolish or wise to protect ourselves and our loved ones No one who reads this book can be unmoved or fail to un Helen and Lara Fremont were raised as Roman Catholics really Their mom and dad lived in Poland during WW11 and came to America shortly after the war Simple story COMPLICATED During their childhood days the sisters started to have uestions about who they were who are our parents Things were not making sense when confronting the parents about their past Helen was determend to figure it ALL out one way or anotherThis story a memoir has twists and turns that are mind boggling It is powerful and painful all in the same breath Everytime you feel the story should end it starts all over again with new information of their past This book is a true story AND Helen does a masterful job in writting such a complicated history of their family Road map to the Indians Treasure not making sense when confronting the parents about their past Helen was determend to figure it ALL out one way or anotherThis story a memoir has twists and turns that are mind boggling It is powerful and painful all in the same breath Everytime you feel the story should end it starts all over again with Green Dog Trumpet and Other Stories new information of their past This book is a true story AND Helen does a masterful job in writting such a complicated history of their family

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Characters After Long Silence Summary Û After Long Silence 102 Derstand the seductive damaging power of secretsWhat Fremont and her sister discover is an astonishing story one of Siberian gulags and Italian royalty of concentration camps and buried lives AFTER LONG SILENCE is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take foolish or wise to protect ourselves and our loved ones No one who reads this book can be unmoved or fail to understand the seductive damaging power of secre Helen and her sister Lara had always known there were things their parents wouldn t discuss about their past Their parents barely escaped WWII Europe with their lives their mother from Poland and their father from grueling years in a Siberian gulag Years later raised as Polish Catholics in the US Helen and Lara start to ask uestions about their parents experiences in Europe during the war The parents cheerful but persistent subject changing makes the girls wonder what is being concealed and they start to search and ask uestions of other people who knew their parents during the war Soon they begin to realize that their parents actually were Jews disguised as Catholics in order to save their lives Yet unlike other similar stories the Buchmans clung to their frail religious facade as though Hitler were still alive and could yet order their extermination The process of the girls digging and poking and uestioning ripping off the curtains that had concealed 50 year old horrors is painful for the Buchman parents who had buried the memories and never wanted to think of them again Some of the things that they had had to do to survive were truly horrifying and others deeply humiliating Why would the girls want to torture their elderly parents by discovering and discussing much less publishing what their parents obviously did not want revealed The answer probably partially lies in the second parallel story of the book Helen s eventual pulling back of the curtains and revealing her own homosexuality Perhaps she felt that by exposing her own private life she had the right to expose the private lives of her parents Whatever the reason the reader is left with conflicting feelings One is glad that the girls know their Jewish heritage but their relentless pursuit of private embarassing details just seems cruel Some of the book could not be documented and could indeed be fiction although presented as fact Obviously Helen wanted to come out of the closet but her elderly parents did NOT want to be outed from their concealed transgressions Not only did Helen discover her parents humiliating secrets but by publishing this book she broadcast them to the world As another reviewer said She and her sister were raised to be successful literate individuals by mere mortals who had been to hell and back What can anyone ask Indeed Why ask or expect

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • After Long Silence
  • Helen Fremont
  • English
  • 10 December 2018
  • 9780385333702