Ten years ago, when she was 17, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was a married man. Now married to him and carrying his child, she finds herself condemned to compete with Natasha's shadow, the memory of her brilliance back in her prime, before she succumbed to early-onset Alzheimer's. Despite Anita's lack of education, her rough slang, and what happened to her in the past, Lenny tries to transform her. He wants her to become Natasha.
Faced with his compelling wish, and the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita find a voice of her own? And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?
©2015 Uvi Poznansky (P)2015 Uvi Poznansky
This was a fantastic read. I found the first person narration refreshing. We see through a window straight into Anita’s mind; all of her desires and wants are exposed. We follow Anita’s story as she becomes a woman. Poznansky’s writing is solid and rich; and through Anita’s perspective we view a vivid world.
Although this story is not a genre I would normally read, I was enthralled by Anita’s voice. Anita is a wonderful character, and the narrator: Heather Jane Hogan, has done a great job of bringing her to life. She has an amazing southern drawl, which is soothing to listen to. Her reading is intuitive, and I soon found myself immersed in Anita’s world.
I highly recommend this book not just for readers of romance fiction, but for all readers who enjoy a good story and detailed three-dimensional characters. Five stars.
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