The First Desire

The First Desire When Sadie looks out her window and sees her bother standing on the front lawn she knows he can t bring good news Fidgeting over coffee with sugar and cream he explains Their sister is gone Three days

  • Title: The First Desire
  • Author: Nancy Reisman
  • ISBN: 9781400077991
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Sadie looks out her window and sees her bother standing on the front lawn she knows he can t bring good news Fidgeting over coffee with sugar and cream he explains Their sister is gone Three days earlier Goldie left to go shopping and she has not returned With Goldie s disappearance as the catalyst, The First Desire takes us deep into the life of the Cohen familyWhen Sadie looks out her window and sees her bother standing on the front lawn she knows he can t bring good news Fidgeting over coffee with sugar and cream he explains Their sister is gone Three days earlier Goldie left to go shopping and she has not returned With Goldie s disappearance as the catalyst, The First Desire takes us deep into the life of the Cohen family and Buffalo, New York, from the Great Depression to the years immediately following World War II Shifting perspectives from siblings Sadie, Jo, Goldie, and Irving we learn of the secrets they have managed to keep hidden and of Lillian, the beautiful woman their father took as a lover while his wife was dying In this astonishing novel Reisman brings to life the love, grief, and desires that ultimately bind one family together.

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    • Onvan : The First Desire - Nevisande : Nancy Reisman - ISBN : 1400077990 - ISBN13 : 9781400077991 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004


    • The Cohens are a Jewish family in Buffalo. Father Abe owns a jewelry store. His wife is dead. He has five grown children. One day daughter Goldie goes out to do some shopping and never comes home. The book begins as a mystery. What has happened to Goldie? Is she dead? Will she come back? How will her absence change the family members she left behind? But years go by, and the story becomes about more than Goldie's absence. It's about the whole more or less dysfunctional family. Sadie, the respect [...]


    • This novel began as a 3-star quality, solid character development but slow plot. It's a 21-year history of the most dysfunctional family on earth. But with all the secrets I'd think the plot would go somewhere. Lillian didn't seem like a necessary character except what she represented to Abe but it wasn't fleshed out. I dropped my rating to 2 stars because the ending was unsatisfying. The drama wasn't explained and the characters' actions were too ridiculous to believe.


    • I just re-discovered the identity of this book. A good book, but very special to me because it is about a Jewish family in Buffalo during the first half of the 20th century, including a psychotic sister named Celia. All true of the paternal side of my family. Most was from before I was born, but a real sense of a community that was familiar with and wanted to know more about. Nostalgic, moody.


    • Well done novel of a Jewish/American Buffalo, NY family from 1929 through WW2. The strength of this book is in the author's ability to draw out the characters of the family members, the flaws, the strengths, their secrets, traditions, and of course love.


    • BookList: The bonds of family are like spiderwebs: deceptively delicate but tough beyond all reason should we try to break them. When Goldie Cohen, 33, goes missing following her mother’s death and her father’s hasty attachment to the town vixen, the family begins to unravel. Spanning 21 years, from the late 1920s to the ’50s, Reisman’s debut novel provides a glimpse into a splintered Jewish Russian immigrant family in upstate New York. Told from the alternating perspectives of the vario [...]


    • It took me a while to get into this book. it is essentially character-driven, everything revolving around the siblings in the family, and the mistress of the father. I thought it was odd to include Lillian, but not all of the siblings. These books that tell the story from the perspective of different people always seem slightly unsatisfying to me in that they don't tell the story from all of the people in the same situation and often seem to include some random other person. Ultimately, I found [...]


    • omg the LONGEST Short STORY Ever.Not a time period i like at all. What else can i say? I don't see this as a re read. I actually couldn't tell you what the firt desire was? maybe to be close to family or maybe to be away from them. There was no reality busting in on them, no scrubbing of toilets or regular old tuesday bowling night to ground them, the mystery was no mystery and no one really cared about anyone anyway. ugg, nothing was beautiful, not one single moment was untouched by ugly, not t [...]


    • It started out really well but I felt disappointed by the end. Beautifully written albeit wordy at times. It's the story of a well to do Jewish family in Buffalo, NY. The story begins in the late 1920s and ends in 1950. The characters (5 grown children - 4 women and 1 man) have just lost their mother to cancer, then the eldest leaves without provocation or explanation. The story is told from everyone's perspective except one (unfortunately the character who'd probably have been the most interest [...]


    • One of the best books I've read in a long time. It is set locally -- in Buffalo -- and it really looks into each of the characters, all part of Jewish family in the early 1900's. I found the frustration that each character lived with very believable and sympathized with their feelings of being trapped. It seemed only Goldie could break free, and maybe in her own way, due to her "simpleness" Celia was able to be more free. But Jo, Sadie, and Irving have their limitations and frustrations. Somehow [...]


    • The first desire is for the mother, the second to disappear. This was not my favorite read. I liked it better in the first half. I just don't care for (spoiler alert) books where nothing happens to transform the characters, and nobody grows by the end. Its just a sad, broken remnant of a family by the books end, and I think my reading time might have been better well spent. I did enjoy her writing and the initial concept and premise. Now reading the Book of Jonah, the Story Hour, and How's Your [...]


    • I enjoyed this story of the Cohen family. I have a feeling a lot of people would think this book is boring. There aren't any climatic scenes in the story, but I don't mind a "quiet" story once in a while if I like the way the author writes. I felt like I got to know the characters pretty well. The ending wasn't "tied up in a neat bow" but that was ok. Sometimes it's ok to imagine where I think the story would go.


    • Well written but slow moving story that doesn't really go anywhere interesting. My 3 rating is only because it's technically well done but I would not recommend this based on storytelling basics. I started the book three times and only finally forced myself to finish because I was reading it as an example of unique character development and book structure (for my own writing purposes).


    • Hadn't realized when I started it that I had read it already ten years ago. That means it was less than memorable -- dark and psychological study, like Sinclair's Wasteland. Jewish Buffalo quite incidental.


    • A really great book. It held my interest right from the start; wondering what happened to the missing sister, Goldie.


    • I liked this book. It told the story from the perspective of the different complex and flawed siblings. I recommend the book.


    • I tried for 25 pages but I just couldn't muster up any interest in Goldie's disappearance or how her family felt about it.




    • A quiet, thoughtful book that stayed with me long after I read it. I read it over again whenever I need a reminder of how powerful clean, pure, distilled prose can be.


    • I read this in 2006 and absolutely loved it. The language, the secrets, the slow accretion of life . . . am now listening to the audiobook. Looking forward to Reisman's next book.


    • I love that this book takes place in Western NY. The writing is fabulous and Reisman captures the essence of everyday life and life over time perfectly.


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