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Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories Stephanie Hart

Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories

Stephanie Hart

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Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories, Stephanie Harts third book, iscomposed of a series of fast-paced vignettes that explore her childhood, youth,family, and ancestral background through a mix of real and imagined memoriesand events.MoreMirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories, Stephanie Harts third book, iscomposed of a series of fast-paced vignettes that explore her childhood, youth,family, and ancestral background through a mix of real and imagined memoriesand events. She recounts and interprets the unique details of her own life,bringing to life the personalities and experiences of various relatives and friendsin an intimate, heartbreaking, and often humorous manner. Her rich prose isevocative and poetic, yet highly accessible and engaging. Her story becomes awindow into many lives, lives most readers will find reflected in their ownpersonal narratives, encouraging them to revisit and re-imagine their own familybackgrounds.Seamlessly blending past and present, Stephanie takes us from Manhattan ofthe 1950s to Moscow and Odessa circa 1800s, where she imaginatively rendersthe lives of her grandparents and great grandparents, and then takes us into thetwenty-first century. She bares her soul by inviting readers into her world: hermagical and unsettling early childhood by the sea, her years spent as the onlyJewish girl in a Presbyterian boarding school, her urban high school years duringwhich conflict with her mercurial and charismatic mother reaches a crescendo,and the weight of her fathers anger and unrealized dreams press down uponher. While acknowledging the mirror of the past, she shows us the love andfriendship reflected in her current life, celebrating the generative power of eachmoment to transform experience.Mirror Mirror is beautifully enhanced with well-preserved photographs ofStephanie Harts family. These expressive images allow us to experience theclimate of other times and places as if we had been there ourselves.-Editorial ReviewsBittersweet collage of memories ... Her smooth writing style, sharp insights andeye for detail make her family problems compelling. This collection illustratesSocrates philosophy that the unexamined life is not worth living. A hopeful,finely rendered portrait of a dysfunctional family and its effects on the author. -Kirkus Reviews[Harts] writing bears an artful--almost impressionistic--quality, relying on lyricismrather than plot and tension to engage readers. Some readers may miss therising tension... but reflective readers, who seek artistic healing of the commonhurts of growing up and growing older, will find that Mirror Mirror speakspowerfully. --ForeWord Reviews