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The Widow's Son [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Robb Steinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"I loved Steinberg's 12-year-old narrator for his innocence and grandeur." -- Neil Chethik, Best-selling author of FatherLoss,Hyperion

"Steinberg has put together a wonderful, moving story." -- Sheldon Seigel, Best-selling author of Special Circumstances, Bantam-Dell Publishing

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Enjoy the music, politics, fashion, televison and movie fare of the 1960s. Did you know that 2 days before the blizzard of 1967 that brought the Midwest to a halt, it was a balmy 65 degrees? Or that Wild Thing by the Troggs kicked the Beatle's Paperback Writer off the top of the pop charts? Or that Gomer Pyle USMC replaced the Dick Van Dyke Show? These details unique to 1966 and 1967 also include the Apollo 1 disaster, what young men did to avoid the draft and Vietnam, and President Johnson's conclusion in 1966 that the Vietnam War had been as good as won. All of this incredible history, accurately researched and woven into this incredible story without a seam, presents a historic backdrop for a powerful tale of survival - and the detemination of a neighborhood filled with beloved nuts and bolts who go beyond the call to save a broken family. And it all begins with these words of a child's lament - When I hear the news I want to jump on the dining room clock and make time go backwards . . .

Based on the real life loss of the author's father, Bruce Steinberg brings his passionate tale home as told through the eyes of his oldest brother - a child on the cusp of manhood who does not easily take to wearing the crown of New Man of the House.

The moment 12-year-old Jeremy Rosenberg witnesses his father's death, Jeremy loses the world he assumed would last forever. With a young brother expecting their father to yet come home, a sister blaming herself, and a mother falling toward isolation, Jeremy is sent fatherless into the world just as he enters adolescence. Beautifully and memorably set in mid-1960s Chicago suburbia, The Widow's Son is launched on a devastating moment. But this tale of misguided efforts and accidental triumphs of children forced into adult emotions creates a humorous, poignant novel. The reader's laughter and tears are sure to flow together to the last page as Jeremy battles to make his family into a family once again.

Author Bruce Steinberg also writes under the name B.R. Robb, and is the author of River Ghosts, a critically acclaimed novel for your review under's Look Inside program.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1262 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UE7DJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Touching Story May 20 2002
Bruce Steinberg has written a really sensitive and beautiful book, and it was a joy to read. It was amazing how well he recreated the days of our childhood in the 1970s (I'm guessing we're close in age), from the shag carpeting, record players, and flower power stickers, to how it felt to be the odd kid out while waiting for the day camp bus! However, it is more than just his ability to set a scene--it's hi ability to capture the universality of being a boy struggling with the transition of becoming a man. Being a female, cannot comment on it from personal experience, but as the mother of a 13 year old and a 9 year old son, I can say that I paused many times while reading this book to reflect on my own sons and the turbulence that becoming a teenager has wreaked on all of our lives!! What I enjoyed most about the book was that it wasn't really about Jeremy's father dying, it was about everybody else living. Beautiful work, really I can't tell you how touching it was. I will look forward to future works from Steinberg. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing work June 26 2002
This book has a GREAT cover! And it is just a hint of what's in the pages and paragraphs inside this wonderful cover. The cover IS the essence of the book and you will not be disappointed. Jeremy's life during the year after he sees his father die is a compelling journey and you will not want to see it end. The writing is creative and original, real, true, accurate, touching, laughing, crying, 1960s, Jewish-culture-but-for-everybody type of story. And in the adventure are lessons, without being preachy, that may help folks who have lost loved ones too soon, or at all. Steinberg has crafted a story that captures the feelings and emotions of the 12 year old boy as his world suddenly must revolve on an entirely new axis.. A rare book, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What it means to come of age and survive June 3 2002
Set in the Chicago suburbs of the 1960s, Bruce Steinberg's The Widow's Son is an emotional novel of Jeremy Roseberg, a youngster only 12 years old when he witnesses his father's murder, and then must confront the fallout of this tragedy in his life, in the lives of his siblings and mother, all compounded by the harsh reality of learning to adapt to the world as an adolescent. The Widow's Son is a poignant and highly recommended tale of what it means to come of age and survive an horrific personal tragedy.
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