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Being Esther | A Novel by Miriam Karmel

Being Esther | A Novel by Miriam Karmel

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Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustig has led a seemingly conventional life—marriage, two children, a life in suburban Chicago. Now, at the age of eighty-five, her husband is deceased, her children have families of their own, and most of her friends are gone. Even in this diminished condition, life has its moments of richness, as well as its memorable characters. But above all there are the memories. Of better days with Marty, her husband. Of unrealized obsessions with other men. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious yet wonderfully ambitious, Miriam Karmel’s debut novel brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the unforgettable Esther Lustig.

Born to parents who fled the shtetl, Esther Lustig has led a seemingly conventional life—marriage, two children, a life in suburban Chicago. Now, at the age of eighty-five, her husband is deceased, her children have families of their own, and most of her friends are gone. Even in this diminished condition, life has its moments of richness, as well as its memorable characters. But above all there are the memories. Of better days with Marty, her husband. Of unrealized obsessions with other men. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious yet wonderfully ambitious, Miriam Karmel’s debut novel brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the unforgettable Esther Lustig.

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09/17/2013

 
Being Esther
 A Novel 
Miriam Karmel
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Being Esther 
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Te characters and events in this book are ctitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, iscoincidental and not intended by the author.© 2013, ext by Miriam KarmelAll rights reserved. Except or brie quotations in critical articles or reviews, no part o this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission rom the publisher: Milkweed Editions,1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415.(800) 520-6455www.milkweed.orgPublished 2013 by Milkweed EditionsPrinted in CanadaCover design by Christian FuenfausenCover image © Margie Hurwich/Arcangel ImagesAuthor photo by Richard Migot13 14 15 16 17 5 4 3 2 1
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Milkweed Editions, an independent nonprot publisher, grateully acknowledges sustaining supportrom the Bush Foundation; the Patrick and Aimee Butler Foundation; the Dougherty Family Founda-tion; the Jerome Foundation; the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; the voterso Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislativeappropriation rom the arts and cultural heritage und; the National Endowment or the Arts; the argetFoundation; and other generous contributions rom oundations, corporations, and individuals. For aull listing o Milkweed Editions supporters, please visit www.milkweed.org.Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataKarmel, Miriam.Being Esther : a novel / Miriam Karmel. — 1st ed.p. cm.ISBN 978-1-57131-096-5 (acid-ree paper)1. Older women—Fiction. 2. Sel-realization in women—Fiction. I. itle.PS3611.A7839B45 2013813'.6—dc232012025933
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We strive to align our book productionpractices with this principle, and to reduce the impact o our operations in the environment. We are amember o the Green Press Initiative, a nonprot coalition o publishers, manuacturers, and authorsworking to protect the world’s endangered orests and conserve natural resources.
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