Blaustein's Kiss: Stories by Judith Felsenfeld
Judith Felsenfeld, author
In the elven bold and tender stories that comprise Blaustein's Kiss, Judith Felsenfeld illuminates the complexities of multigenerational family life. The impulse to connect is a major theme: a mother who has lost her rightful place in the family; parents ambitious for a child beyond reasonableness; a nursing home runaway and a the woman who shields him; the ongoing pull of the immigrant experience as a family faces challenges to their lifelong myths and assumptions. Throughout, narrative skill and a fine eye for the minute detail shine though. This assured collection is linked occasionally by character, but always by Felsenfeld's spare, funny, generous voice.