An Almost Perfect Moment

An Almost Perfect Moment

Book - 2004
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Coming of age in post-Eisenhower Brooklyn, Jewish teen Valentine Kessler struggles with love, enmity, and betrayal in the shadow of her mother's sharp-eyed band of Mah Jongg players.

Blackwell North Amer
Valentine - Jewish, pretty, and a touch flaky - is an unremarkable teenager except for two things: she is a dead ringer for the Virgin Mary as she appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes, and her very being, through some inexplicable conspiracy of fate, seems to shatter the dreams and hopes of people around her.
John Wosileski, Valentine's lonely math teacher who adores her from afar, embraces the martyrdom wrought by his unconditional and unrequited love. Joanne Clarke, the bitter and sad biology teacher who schemes to be John's wife, reviles Valentine to eventual self-destruction. Valentine's best friend, a former figure-skating champion, humiliates her for the crime of being "different."
But Miriam Kessler - betrayed and anguished by the husband she once worshipped - loves Valentine only the way a mother could - deeply, yet without knowing. Transposing one sensual appetite for another, Miriam eats and eats and seeks solace in a daily game of mah-jongg with her three girlfriends. The Girls, a cross between a Greek Chorus and a Brooklyn rendition of the Three Wise Men, dispense advice, predictions, and care in the form of extravagant gifts and homemade strudels. When Miriam's greatest fear for Valentine is realized, she takes comfort in the thought that it couldn't possibly get any worse. But then something even stranger happens, and Valentine's mysterious presence becomes an even more mysterious absence.

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& Taylor

Coming of age in post-Eisenhower Brooklyn, Jewish teen Valentine Kessler struggles with love, enmity, and betrayal in the shadow of her mother's sharp-eyed band of Mah Jongg players. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060520861
0060520868
Branch Call Number: F KIR
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm

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M_Liz
Oct 13, 2011

This book had a really good lead in and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happend that "Virgin Mary", but to not give it away the ending was VERY disappointing!

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