The First Desire

The First Desire

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Random House, Inc.
1929. Buffalo, New York. A beautiful July day, the kind one waits for through the long, cold winters. Sadie Feldstein, née Cohen, looks out her window at the unexpected sight of her brother, Irving. His news is even more unexpected, and unsettling: their elder sister, Goldie, has vanished without a trace.

With Goldie’s disappearance as the catalyst, The First Desire takes us deep into the life of the Cohen
family and an American city, from the Great Depression to the years immediately following World War II. The story of the Cohens is seamlessly told from the various perspectives of siblings Sadie, Jo, Goldie, and Irving—each of whose worlds is upended over the course of the novel, the smooth veneer of their lives giving way to the vulnerabilities and secrets they’ve managed to keep hidden—and through the eyes of Lillian, the beautiful woman their father, Abe, took as a lover as his wife was dying. But while Abe’s affair with Lillian stuns his children, they are even more shocked by his cold anger in the wake of Goldie’s disappearance.

The First Desire is a book of great emotional power that brings to life the weave of love, grief, tradition, and desire that binds a family together, even through the tumultuous times that threaten to tear it apart.

Baker & Taylor
The lives of the four Cohen siblings--Sadie, Jo, Goldie, and Irving--are turned upside down by the secrets that they have kept hidden, even from themselves, as the sudden disappearance of Goldie sparks revelations about their family.

Blackwell North Amer
1929. Buffalo, New York. A beautiful July day, the kind one waits for through the long, cold winters. Sadie Feldstein, nee Cohen, looks out her window at the unexpected sight of her brother, Irving. His news is even more unexpected, and unsettling: their elder sister, Goldie, has vanished without a trace.
With Goldie's disappearance as the catalyst, The First Desire takes us deep into the life of the Cohen family and an American city, from the Great Depression to the years immediately following World War II. The story of the Cohens is told from the various perspectives of siblings Sadie, Jo, Goldie, and Irving - each of whose worlds is upended over the course of the novel, the smooth veneer of their lives giving way to the vulnerabilities and secrets they've managed to keep hidden - and through the eyes of Lillian, the beautiful woman their father, Abe, took as a lover as his wife was dying. But while Abe's affair with Lillian stuns his children, they are even more shocked by his cold anger in the wake of Goldie's disappearance.
The First Desire is a book that brings to life the weave of love, grief, tradition, and desire that binds a family together, even through the tumultuous times that threaten to tear it apart.

Baker
& Taylor

The lives of the four Cohen siblings--Sadie, Jo, Goldie, and Irving--are turned upside down by the vulnerabilities and secrets that they have managed to keep hidden, even from themselves--as the sudden disappearance of Goldie sparks revelations about their family, in a story of love, grief, tradition, and desire that ranges from 1929 to the of World War II. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375423086
0375423087
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 25 cm

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Mar 15, 2013

a quiet, deep look at a family whose member's are reverberating with loss and missing connections. As Anne Patchett is quoted "this is not a book merely to be read. It is a book to be lived" I found myself savouring it for it's exquisite conjourings of moments, feelings and atmosphere.

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