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The Good People of New York by Thisbe Nissen

The Good People of New York

by Thisbe Nissen

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A really enjoyable read, with great insight into what it's like to grow up in New York (I think), as well as an accurate portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship, and of friendships and other relationships as well. The author does a skillful job of covering a lot of ground, time-wise, and the characters seem authentic at every age: Miranda at twelve is different from Miranda at 15 and from Miranda at 18. Though we stay with Miranda and Roz throughout the story, other characters (with the exception of Edwin and Ben) come and go, and they're rendered in such a real way that we miss them and want them to come back. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
A "found" book from somewhere, which I am registering it for BookCrossing. I started it, but it didn't really grab me, though I made it half-way through. Decided to release it on our trip to Atlanta.
  bookczuk | Sep 3, 2012 |
This novel begins by telling the story of how Jewish native New Yorker Roz and Protestant transplant from Nebraska Eddie met, fell in love, and got married, but story really begins to soar when it starts to focus on their daughter Miranda's coming of age. In a largely character-driven novel such as this one, where there is very little if any plot to speak of, the characters need to be genuine, dynamic and deeply drawn, and they are. Nissen succeeds where many other meandering tales of someone's life fail miserably, drawing the reader in and making them wonder what happens to this person next, without the use of cliffhangers at all. The reader becomes invested in these characters and wants their success and happiness. This is such an obvious thing for a book, but few actually obtain the level of interest necessary without a device like a mystery to solve. Very much recommended. ( )
  EmScape | Sep 4, 2011 |
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When Roz Rosenzweig meets Edwin Anderson fumbling for keys on the stoop of a Manhattan walk-up, the last thing on her mind is falling for a polite Nebraskan–yet fall for him she does. So begins Thisbe Nissen’s breathtaking debut novel, a decidedly urban fairy tale that follows Roz and Edwin as they move from improbable courtship to marriage to the birth of daughter Miranda–the locus of all Roz’s attention, anxiety, and often smothering affection.
As Miranda comes of age and begins to chafe against the intensity of her mother’s neurotic love, Roz must do her best to let those she cherishes move into the world without her. On crowded subways, in strange bedrooms, at Bar Mitzvahs, in brownstone basements and high school gymnasiums, Nissen’s unforgettable characters make their hilarious and wrenching way–and prove, indeed, that good things thrive in New York City.

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Roz's love for her daughter it so fierce, so protective, and so singularly focused that it might crowd out anything else in her life - including her marriage. The ties that bind Roz and her daughter together threaten to strangle Miranda as she enters her teenage years.… (more)

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