Written with passionate conviction, this story is being told by two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven years 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 to forgiveness.
The author has taken a very complicated premise, involving three complex characters and interlaced them all into a story that will seep into the hearts and souls of many readers. It is surely destined to become a novel that you will well remember for a long time to come.
The richness of this tale becomes beautifully evident in the way the author delves into every intricate detail of the story. Not overly done, the narrative fits perfectly, pulling you along, tantalizing you to want more. From the emotional hinges that grip each character to the wonderful visions of their places in time, I was caught by the romantic taboo appeal of the tale and the heartbreak that life can sometimes deliver to those who find themselves standing on the precipice of love.
As a backdrop to the story, or more appropriately described, a musical melody of memories continues to play in the background- calling out to Ben’s father, Lenny. It’s the devastating illness of Alzheimer’s that has robbed Lenny’s ex-wife of her musical past and it also has a huge impact on Ben, who has to also cope with the loss of his mother.
If there are first time novels that truly belong on The New York Times Best Sellers List- this one is it! This read, from beginning to end, remained solidly at the very top of the star rating scale for me. Excellent work!
I give Apart From Love 5 stars.
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