Friday, September 14, 2012

Reviews: Mumma Shana

Mumma Shana is a novel that explores what it is to be trapped by tradition.  Dorie a Jewish woman finds love caught between the cracks of two faiths: Judaism, and Christianity.   She looks for an answer to fill the gaps in her life. At first she thinks this is with guys.  She looks for her knight in shinning armor, only to find men whose shine has lost its luster.  She  finds herself in relationships that abuse her as a woman.  However, she holds onto a hope that she will find the glue to connect the pieces.  The mosaic will make her whole in a shattered world.

I do not believe that reading from the point of view of a female, makes me a better guy.  I find this viewpoint to be a good gateway to understanding my wife and friends. at    Mumma Shana by Dana Wolf is my romance for the year.  The author asked me to read this book, and I was given a review copy. As it was a bit girly the book took a little prodding from the author to finish it. 

I am glad I got prodded.    

I am  in love with the main character Dorrie, I want to save her and build a place for her, that is if I was not married.  The book is a pleasure and shows one woman's thoughts towards the men she loves. I came away with a fuller sense of the magnitude of love in my marriage. A great book for any man that asks, "Why does she feel this way?" Why do women stay with creeps?  Why did my wife stay with me when I was an asshole?  This book is a piece of beauty although tragic.

Mumma Shana has great insight.  I also love the description of her struggles with fitting into a Goy and Jewish world.  This has been a struggle for me and my family for ever.  My mother had an orthodox conversion from Christianity (Lutheranism) to Judaism.  Then I found Christ in my life and could not let go.   The whole emotional playground is profound, and I am thankful that a writer  has attempted to write of the struggle in a way that is real, authentic, and enriching.     *

The over use of colloquial words, drew me away from the narrative.   (eg.  Last Straw used in 83% read))  I already knew that Dorrie was at her last straw with Peter;  because of all of the description used before-hand.  Danna do a great job of developing the plot, she needs to trust her readers ability to understand her words.  This is her first novel, so I believe this will develop more in her writing career. **

* **This note was written to the author on  9.13.2012

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