Book Reviews: The Widow's Son by Bruce Steinbergcategories: Book, Literary Fiction, Humor, Family, Survival, 1960s, Chicago, True Story, Memoir, Children, Winner, Jewish Boy, Poignant Story of Loss and Healing
Bruce Steinbergabout this book: The Widow's Son - Grand Prize Winner of FirstNovelFest 2000, set in the 1960s based on the author's real life ordeal of witnessing his father's death at age 8, and his older brother's hit-and-miss efforts to save his family from ruin.
Set within a true-to-life town filled with mostly loose nuts-and-bolts as neighbors, rich with 1960s music and culture, there is everything to enjoy about The Widow's Son. Just look at the 60 or more Amazon.com verified customer reviews from all over the world, whether adult men or women, and certainly the mature teen reader, keeping The Widow's Son a top-ten ranked novel consistently since becoming an eBook. Readers laugh, readers cry, and gain rich satisfaction from this based-on-fact tale of survival.
Please note the cover, shot by Chicago artistic photographer John Adams, featuring the author's nephew. Note the actual 1960s galoshes once worn by the author's brother during Chicago's blizzard of 1967 - the real deal. Also the authentic hat and coat, the exact kind worn by the author's beloved father. In the room for the photo-shoot - the author's mother, Joyce, the widow upon which the novel is named, to honor her and her struggles of seeing to it that all three of her children graduated college. Older brother, Larry, from UIC Chicago, sister Lois, from the Univ. of Illinois, a Ph.D. and a world-renown Iyangar certified yoga instructor and teacher to the stars, and the author, a lawyer with his JD from the Loyola School of Law, Chicago.
Every detail was accurately researched for weeks prior to the manuscript's first draft, including Chicago's 1967 blizzard and the 65-degree day that preceded it. The Apollo 1 disaster, Viet Nam - if a song or TV show is mentioned, woven into the story, you can have confidence the song and show were aired as depicted in real life. Remember Fluffernutters? Wild Thing? The Domino Theory? Beatle Bangs? - The Widow's Son does, but not as artificial details. Rather these details are inherent within the story.
When it comes to literary fiction, the author owes it to readers to send them on a journey of rich, likeable and memorable characters, telling an adventure that breathes truth and humanity, with an ending readers remember as both touching and real.
The author invites you to not only study the customer reviews but to also take advantage of free sample downloads and Amazon.com's Look Inside program. After all, the words of the novel itself are the ultimate sales pitch.
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a review by Kathleen Janz-AndersonDelighted to have run into this wonderful book. I read it when it first came out and gave a five star review on Amazon under Kathleen Ann Anderson.
A wonderful, moving, delightful bookI first read The Widow's Son after our daughter, Cheryl, brought it home from a book fair. I truly enjoyed the true to life story of the trials, tribulations, and attempts he and his brother made to help their mother after their father's unexpected death. Laughter one moment, a tug at your heart strings the next. I've been a fan of Bruce Steinberg ever since and have read and enjoyed each of his books. [by Joyce]
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