Hearts (Paperback)

Author: Wolitzer, Hilma

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After only six weeks of marriage, 26-year-old Linda Reisman is a widow. Taking her husband's ashes, she embarks on a trip across the country to take her stepdaughter to live with the relatives neither of them has ever met . . . and each of them makes discoveries that change their worlds.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345487513
SKU 31242194
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345487516
Release Date 2/28/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 1T
Author Info
Hilma Wolitzer
Hilma Wolitzer writes largely about domestic issues--parents and children, marriage, suburbia, and the problems of aging--in books that are routinely praised as sensitive, astute, and realistic. Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, New York, during the Great Depression. As a child, she shared a bed with her two sisters, while her parents slept on a pull-out sofa in the apartment's tiny living room. She began working at 16, renting beach chairs in Coney Island and doing other odd jobs, and at 22 she left home to get married. Wolitzer had always loved to write; when she was nine years old, one of her poems had been published in a magazine sponsored by the New York City Department of Sanitation. Still, as a young wife and mother in suburban Long Island, she discovered that it was difficult to find the opportunity to sit at the typewriter, and she did not publish her first novel, ENDING, until 1974, when she was 44 years old. "There were some published short stories in between, but that's still a pretty long hiatus," she told one interviewer. "I could say I was busy raising my kids, teaching, and caring for my ailing parents--all true!--but that's no excuse. . . . I like to think that I was writing in my head during my fallow years." Wolitzer, who jokes that she should have been called the "Great Middle-Aged Hope," has since published more than a dozen books, some of them for young readers, and she regularly teaches writing at such schools as the University of Iowa, New York University, and Columbia University. Her daughter, Meg, is also a well-regarded novelist.
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Editors Note Recently widowed Linda Reisman and her thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Robin, travel from New Jersey to California to find a new home for Robin, and their experiences on the road force both women to mature quickly.
Editors Note 1 Recently widowed Linda Reisman and her thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Robin, travel from New Jersey to California to find a new home for Robin, and their experiences on the road force both women to mature quickly. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Editors Note 2 Linda and Robin Reismann barely know each other. The only thing that connects them is Linda?s six-week-old marriage to Robin?s father, who has suddenly died. Widowed at twenty-six, Linda is heading to California to start over, uncertain what the future holds. In the trunk of her car, she carries her husband?s amateur paintings, along with his ashes. Robin, her silent, angry teenage stepdaughter, about to be left with relatives she?s never met, carries a private stash of pot and some closely guarded secrets. But these two women, journeying on a road alongside drifters and dreamers, lovers and liars, will discover something they never expected to find?between them and inside their hearts.
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Number of Pages 0335
Publisher Ballantine Books

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