How can I hope to make you understand why I love Fiddler on the Roof so much. The musical has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and is basically my family’s immigrant story – living in a traditional shtetl in Ukraine or Poland until pogroms drove them away. That’s how Fiddler on the Roof ends, before that Tevya the Milkman has to come to terms with his daughters growing up and the end of the old traditions.
So yeah, I love Fiddler. And of the wonderful cast of characters I have always identified most with Hodel (and pretty much fell in love with Perchik). The last we see of Hodel, she is waiting with her father for a train that will take her to Siberia, to Perchik. She sings “Far from the Home I Love” and leaves. We don’t get to know what happens to her, if she finds Perchik, if they get married. Nothing. As Hodel says, “God only knows”.
But it turns out someone had an idea. Continue reading
I just finished Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, and the first thing I can say about it is that it’s not like any other romantic story that I have read before. The story centres on a couple, Kathryn and Chris, and their attempt in being in an open relationship. Although Chris is the one who is infatuated with a young woman named Emily, Kathryn is the one who encourages him to pursue her! At first, I found this to be very strange, but as I am reading, I understand Kathryn’s reasoning for this. She wants Chris to be happy, which she believes will make her happy, but it’s not as simple as she might think. Feelings of guilt, jealousy, sadness and selfishness will eventually surface in this story.
Chris doesn’t completely abandon his relationship with Kathryn. In fact, because he is so indecisive with his feelings, he goes back and forth between Kathryn and Emily. This certainly frustrates me as these two women clearly deserve better, and yet, I was intrigued to see how these relationships play out. After reading this story, I can say that I am pleased with how each character ended up. I can’t reveal anything else, so if you’re interested, grab a copy of Next Year, for Sure!
Travel the world from the comfort of your own home, no passport required.
I’m excited to bring you the Armchair Travel edition of the Adult Summer Reads, the entire 15-item list of which you can find on this list on Bibliocommons: VaughanPL: Adult Summer Reads: Armchair Travel.
This installment is the Armchair Travel edition, which will take you around the world from Antarctica to Scotland to… well, around the world, all from the comfort of your very own armchair (armchair not included – you’ll have to provide your own). You don’t have to worry about packing, or the dollar, or your passport, or anything else, which frees you up to simply enjoy the vacation-of-sorts in its entirety. Hurrah!