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All I Love and Know #2020

All I Love and Know With the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution one that explores adoption gay marriage and love lo

  • Title: All I Love and Know
  • Author: Judith Frank
  • ISBN: 9780062302878
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All I Love and Know By Judith Frank, With the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts Opposites in many ways, they have grown togeWith the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work But when they learn that Daniel s twin brother and sister in law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship What is Matthew s place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made How do Daniel s questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children six year old Gal, and baby Noam.The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways What kind of parents can these two men really be How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure And are there limits to honesty or commitment or love

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    1. This novel is powerful I was interested in every single detail I was heavily pulled in to the story I was constantly thinking about the characters and their situations almost every waking moment when I wasn t reading it I couldn t wait to get back to this book not wanting to miss anything After Daniel s twin brother and his wife, Joel and Ilana , are killed in a cafe bombing in Jerusalem there is barely any time to mourn because things get very complicated fast Joel and Ilana had two small child [...]

    2. There is so much about All I Love and Know It is not just a story about a gay couple becoming parents It is not just about a Jew and a Christian couple trying to reconcile their differences It is not just about the ongoing Israeli Palestinian conflict It is not even solely about the loss of a beloved brother and the gap that leaves in a family It is an amalgam of all of these scenarios and To separate out the story into its parts means to lose other key elements of Matt and Daniel s relationshi [...]

    3. When I read a book this wonderful, I always wish I had of a way with words, so I could do the book justice I desperately want to convey the essence of this book to you so that you can share the love and awe I feel for it I m not someone who always loves flawed characters I sometimes even find them annoying But in this book, when I say the characters are flawed, what I mean is that they are created with flaws and strengths and likes and dislikes and feelings that are so believable and so self co [...]

    4. There are many, many issues explored in this story Zionism, validity of wills, parental rights, single parenthood, grandparent rights, stereotyping, freedom of speech, and oh by the way, gay rights I haven t come across another story with similar subjects and really liked reading about these topics.

    5. I love how this book steps on every landmine, makes you feel the blast and the aftershock and yet manages to make me feel hopeful I am such a Daniel.

    6. This book is hard for me to rate because I really struggled to read it I went into the book expecting a story centered around a custody battle, with much hinging on the fact that the battle involved a gay couple In truth, custody played a very minor role in the story, and was settled very early on.Instead, the book was very much character driven and I felt like I had a book that wasn t quite sure what it wanted to be Is it a book that is trying to show that gay parenting is a valid option, or th [...]

    7. If Jodi Picoult were a Jewish lesbian, she might have written All I Love and Know, which packs multiple issues into a well written story of love, gay rights, parenting, and the Israeli Palestinian conflict I had a little trouble with the author s frequent head hopping the POV shifts quickly and without warning, sometimes several times on the same page But I was engrossed by the portrayal of characters thrust into a situation they never expected and are woefully unprepared to confront Of the two [...]

    8. Until I was 28, I had only left one book unfinished an Anne Tyler book, FTR I just always felt like I had to finish any book I started Finally, in the middle of a particularly bad chick lit novel, I realized there was an endless supply of good books in the world, why would I waste time reading one I got no pleasure from But I also didn t want to give up too early on a book that was just a slow starter So since then, my rule has been this I read half the book, then ask myself if I put this book d [...]

    9. One of the most compelling, heart rending books I have ever read It was the first time I have seen my opinions of the Arab Israeli conflict written about You cannot help but love this extended family and wish for a happy ending to their story After reading the acknowledgements, I wonder exactly how much is based on actual events I hope that hosts a QA with Judith Frank She is a gifted storyteller.

    10. This book was fantastic I couldn t put it down It s been a fair while since I ve read a book that I think about during the day and can t wait to get back to in the evening Within the first few chapters, I was completely hooked on this story I felt emotionally attached to the plot and the characters very quickly I found myself siding with Matt through most of the book It was frustrating to see Daniel s reaction to his feelings and I had to keep reminding myself that everyone grieves differently B [...]

    11. I thought I would like this book but I thought it took on too many issues at once and therefore it was very hard too get into I also couldn t stand Matt He was whiney and moody when his partner just lost his twin in a very violent way, a roadside bomb in Jerusulem I think the author should have whittled down the issues she was looking at and focused on maybe just Daniel s brother s death and the fact that Matt and Daniel now had to raise their children and how that affected their relationship T [...]

    12. Judith Frank sALL I LOVE AND KNOW, is a riveting account of love and loss, diversity, adoption, and finding your way back from tragedy to something beautiful.Matthew and Daniel, a gay couple residing in Northampton, MA before gay marriage is legal , where they are in a comfortable relationship, until their world is turned upside down Daniel s twin brother, Joel and sister in law, Ilana, have just been killed by a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, and the gay couple s life has been totally uprooted, [...]

    13. I was very underwhelmed and disappointed in this book Frankly, I was disappointed in the author She had an opportunity to take the subject matter of gay relationships, gay marriage, gay parenthood, Judaism, and the struggles in Israel and Palestine to a new place instead, she gave the reader what we already know and expect from the current daily news Bummer, as she missed an opportunity in 420 pages to give us something insightful or inspiring Daniel Rosen, is a gay professional living in Northa [...]

    14. I m having a really hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars Most of the time, I don t hand out 4 stars unless I feel a personal connection with a character, or the story really touches me In this book, I don t really identify with any of the characters because my life is so very different from theirs However, the story was compelling Dealing with political situations that I don t know anything about kept it a bit at arms length from me, but the author managed to draw me in anyway The characters [...]

    15. Oh I hated this book But finished it just bc it was necessary I felt the author tried to shove too many issues down the readers throat Judaism, Israel, homosexuality, politics, love It was too muchPlus I didn t like any if the characters

    16. All I Love and KnowBy Judith FrankPublished by William Morrow, 2014Five starsWell, here s a different book All I Love and Know Morrow, 2014 by Judith Frank SO not a romance, but entirely about a gay couple who love each other I want to say harrowing, but it s not really any than everyday life can be harrowing and disorienting It is one of the most beautifully written books I ve read in a while This book knocked me down Fortunately, it lifted me back up again.Matt Greene and Daniel Rosen live No [...]

    17. Lydia Rosen s inane chatter about bourekas during the flight to Israel baffles Matt Greene To his partner, Daniel Rosen, her preoccupation with the stuffed pastry makes total sense His mother is trying not to have to imagine how much of her other son s body has been blown to bits But the grim reality intrudes when Daniel, his parents, and Matt land at the Tel Aviv airport and are transported directly to the Institute of Forensic Medicine There, amidst indescribable, horrific odors and the sound [...]

    18. Once again I find myself in a difficult place reviewing a novel that I am questioning why I would have wanted to review this novel since it goes against my own personal religious beliefs on the side against gay marriage So for my Christian blogging readers, I caution you against this novel based on the premise that is speaks about not only gay marriage being acceptable, but also for the fact that it does against the very core beliefs God speaks against With that being said, let me outline what t [...]

    19. I am terrible at going to movies that I know I will find scary but I still go I just watch them with my hands in front of my face and try to see some of the film through the spaces as if this will make it easier to watch and this book was a bit like that You know just a page or two in that the start of the story is of parents of young children killed in a bombing in Jerusalem and that is when I started to want to put my hands up to only see part of the story right there, the story is unbearable [...]

    20. This is a socially conscious book that interweaves so many themes with skill and dexterity that it is hard to talk about a single topic Daniel Rosen and his partner, Matthew Greene, are summoned to Israel when Daniel s twin, Joel, is killed in a terrorist bombing At the behest of Joel and is wife, Ilana, the couple s two children, Gal and Noam, are given into Joel and Matt s custody and brought to the United States while Joel toys with the idea of making aliya so that the children can be raised [...]

    21. Matt and Daniel live together in New England Daniel s twin brother and the brother s wife are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem where they live Daniel is the guardian of his young niece and infant nephew, and will take them from Jerusalem to live with him and Matt Dealing with such a horrid loss and sudden, unplanned parenthood it s impact on their relationship, and the moving of the children from their home and thousands of miles away from their holocaust survivor maternal grandparents will be a [...]

    22. I very much enjoyed the first half of this book The main character, Daniel, is a gay man whose brother and sister in law are killed in a terroist bombing in Israel and Daniel is named in the will as custodian of their two children The book tackles the subjects of religion, gay marriage and adoption, the many emotions of the extended family, the relationship of Daniel and his partner, to name of few, and as I said, in the first half of the book did it very well The second half of the book was rat [...]

    23. The premise of Frank s book was interesting and at the beginning the reader is drawn right in But I found that midway it really lost its appeal The writing is solid but nothing special, the comments about life in Israel ring true but shallow and the clear political stance of the writer, instead of adding depth to the story as it reveals that of one of the main characters, interferes with the development of both the story and the characters I think the author should have decided whether this was [...]

    24. I really enjoyed reading this, and it seems odd, but if anything, the book was TOO ambitious it crammed in far too many hot button issues for its own good gay marriage parenting, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, AIDS grief, fidelity vsnogamy Despite that, and the rather prosaic prose, the novel moved swiftly and one came to care about all of the characters, even though some were not terribly likeable Daniel in particular.

    25. This book is way than your normal love story It talks and deals with subjects that many would not be comfortable with but are things that need discussed and that matter All I can say is give this story a chance, take it as what it is.d also let yourself be moved by all the symbolic, real, and implied subject matter.

    26. The premise of this book is intriguing and I SO wanted to love it Sadly, I felt the characters were one dimensional and stereotypical, the writing lacked nuance and fluidity, and the plot could never come together because it was being pulled to hit too many trigger points.

    27. One of the worst books I ve ever read The writing is juvenile and unnecessarily verbose The characters are completely one dimensional And, the Jewish author is very anti Israel.

    28. All I Love And KnowByJudith FrankWhat it s all aboutA gay coupleDaniel and Matthewt custody of two very young children when their parents are killed in a bombing in Israel.Where it all takes placeIsrael and Northampton are the key locations for these characters When much of it happensMost of this story occurs just after Daniel s twin brother is killed and moves into the following year.Which characters had the most impact on meDaniel and Matthewraising Gal and Noam during the months just after th [...]

    29. I had an gift card that I had been saving for the perfect book I decided this was the one, and I finished only because of this reason Frequently, the author will switch between three people s points of view in ONE paragraph I don t know a lot about Israel and the turmoil that goes on there, so that is partly my fault But, I just did not like either or the main characters I realize that the little girl went through hardships and lost both of her parents, but she is a brat, and no one reprimands h [...]

    30. This is quite possibly one of the best novels I have read in a LONG time.Frank has an incredible talent using the most beautiful and descriptive language to tell a story, weaving unimaginable tragedy, deeply committed love, complicated international politics, and relatable family dysfunction.Matt and Daniel are a successful, well respected couple living in Northampton, Massachusetts when they discover that Daniel s twin brother and wife were killed in a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem, where they [...]

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