While the premise of Uvi Poznansky’s Apart from Love may not be entirely convincing, the characters soon draw the reader in, and an air of fable covers any sense of dissociation from reality. Returning from long absence to revisit his elderly father, Ben finds himself oddly drawn to the new young wife who so resembles his absent mother. The missing mother was a concert pianist who divorced his father and left to tour the world. But this story’s more about art than music, truths reflected in the shifting landscapes of lives and memory, photographs holding future promise as well as past regret, and symmetries breaking into triangular pain. Ostensibly the story of Ben and Anita, as told in their two voices, this tale becomes instead the story of Ben’s father, enduring love, and the haunting music of past misdeeds, misunderstandings and loss. Anita’s voice, initially jarring in its somehow false California-girl “like”s, becomes a metaphor for nothing being quite what it seems. A mirror reflects truth and falsehood. A cultural veneer might be added by the speaker or subtracted by one who renders her words after secretly listening. And memory, even when captured on tape, might never be quite what it seems. Apart from Love has a feel of modern art, inviting readers in to enjoy, explore and eventually wrap themselves in the mystery of lives and loves drawn together and thrown apart. An intriguing tale, it’s not an easy read but it’s certainly an involving one that doesn’t necessarily go where the reader expects.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more