When Ben is summoned to his childhood home he discovers a family secret that so far has escaped his attention. Having believed that his mother has been on a piano performance tour, he now discovers the truth: inflicted by early-Alzheimer’s disease, she now lives in a home. Meanwhile he is unwittingly falling in love with his father’s new wife, because she reminds him of him mother back in the past. Will he come to terms with his mother’s condition and stop blaming his father and himself?
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By Dolores Ayotte on May 18, 2012
Author Uvi Poznansky is an artist! There is no doubt about it. As I read “Apart from Love”, I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfunctional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other.
There is a quality so deep and raw in “Apart from Love” that it’s almost impossible to put this book down. In my opinion, Uvi Poznansky writes like a painter. She starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint here and a little paint there as she develops her characters and creates her masterpiece. Her strokes then become broader, more passionate, more vivid and vibrant as she continues to let her characters’ stories unfold. She draws you in to a deeper level than you might actually want to go as she ignites the fire to your own love, passions, and fears.
Ben, the 27 year old son grudgingly returns home many years after the divorce of his parents, Lenny and Natasha. He finds that there is a mutual attraction between his father’s young wife Anita, and himself. Their stories, along with Lenny’s are related in a narrative as each person has the opportunity to share his side of the events that take place. “Apart from Love” reminds me of a movie I enjoyed many years ago…Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because it is a well-written drama that could take place on a stage similar to this movie. In “Apart from Love” Ben states…”In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive but so seldom do you give to others.” There is definitely a great need for forgiveness both on the giving end as well as the receiving end in this novel.
Similar to any other work of art, the artist leaves so much of themselves in their work.
By Richard L. Weatherly on February 4, 2013
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Apart From Love
The family saga, Apart From Love by Uvi Poznansky opens on a scene in the family home. The reader finds Ben, son of Lenny, the family patriarch, in a strange, tense situation. It is a tense situation because Ben has just been greeted by Anita, his father’s bride. He finds Anita to be attractive if uneducated. She is a year younger than Ben who is 27.
As chapters progress through the saga, each is delivered as a first person account of the events taking place between Ben, Lenny and Anita. Readers of literary fiction with a biographical tone will find Apart from Love compelling. Uvi Poznansky paints vivid portraits of these primary characters and others with whom they interact.
We learn early on that Natasha, Ben’s mother separated from Lenny. An element of tragedy is introduced when we learn from Lenny that Natasha has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Ben had been led to believe his mother had been traveling on a world concert tour. He is shattered to learn Natasha has been in a nursing home.
To me, Anita becomes the strongest character in the story. True, she doesn’t have much education and she was abused at home. That said, we learn through her first person narratives that Anita has good common sense, is attractive and has strong character, especially when it comes to protecting her unborn child. It seems she spends much of her time at home, alone while Lenny is `away’ writing and following his own self-interests. Maybe that is part of the attraction that begins to draw Ben and Anita together. One of the early hints comes as we see Ben and Anita performing an enthusiastic duet on the piano.
By Susan Ricci on August 3, 2014
Apart From Love by the multi-talented author/artist Uvi Poznanski is a wonderful novel and totally my cup of tea – the prose is fragrant, flavorful, and deeply moving.
The two POV characters sharing their feelings in Apart From Love are poignant and tremendously telling. Ms. Poznanski’s writing is fluent and graceful, and I found no awkwardness via the transitions from one POV character to the other.
Every element in this powerful story touches on the realisms of a dysfunctional family, coupled with Alzheimer’s and a possible incestuous relationship between two in-laws. Apart from this, I will share no more! Keep reading please!
After scrolling through the reviews on Apart From Love, I couldn’t help but wonder why there were a few Debbie Downers in the review department. Yes, there’re some weird family integrations that could be misjudged or misinterpreted, but this narrative is one of the best literary genre stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Believe me, I’m a multi-genre freak, and I read ALOT.
I will not share any more information, because I never review and share spoilers, but I hope I’ve shared enough of the value via the message I received from Apart From Love – Buy it, Read it, LOVE it! It’s completely worthy of your attention!
By Kathy Parsons on March 28, 2012
“Apart From Love” is the debut novel by a true multi-media artist who is a writer, poet, painter, sculptor, architect, software engineer, and teacher. Uvi Poznansky was born in Israel and now makes her home in Southern California.
“Apart From Love” is a fascinating account of a series of events told from two different points of view. Ben is the estranged son of Lenny, an aspiring writer who has recently married a young woman close the same age as Ben. Anita, the new wife, is a diamond in the rough who has had a difficult life and is not particularly well-educated. Ben left the family when his parents divorced ten years before the story begins and receives a letter from his father imploring him to come home. Lenny is ill and in the hospital, and Ben comes home and meets his young step-mother for the first time. The attraction between them is strong and troubling, but they try to hide those feelings from Lenny.
Lenny’s story is told from Ben’s and Anita’s interpretations. Both have been encouraged by Lenny to tape-record their thoughts, and neither of them realizes until later that Lenny is capturing those thoughts for a book he is writing. He has a huge collection of tapes dating back to Ben’s childhood, and each chapter of the book is supposed to come from those tapes. Ben and Anita record some of their most intimate thoughts, not realizing until it’s too late that Lenny is listening to them and putting them into writing. Is Lenny really writing a novel culled from the lives of his son and new wife or is he manipulating events so that life imitates art? That is never really clear, nor is Lenny’s rationale for hiding the fact that his ex-wife, a piano teacher and concert pianist (and Ben’s beloved mother), has been institutionalized with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.