Apart from You

Leonore H. Dvorkin
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The novel is set in 1967 and 1968, first in Mobile, Alabama and then at Indiana University in Bloomington. However, the story is in no way a 1960s political novel. Vietnam barely gets mentioned. The themes are infidelity, sibling rivalry, deception, self-deception, separation, and miscommunication.

The two main characters are Elizabeth Nye, a 20-year-old German major, and Brian Petersen, the 27-year-old history teaching assistant with whom she has a five-week affair while she's temporarily separated from her liberal-minded fiancé, Alan Abrams.

Elizabeth is dishonest and selfish while Brian is naive and idealistic, but virtually no one in this story is either all good or all bad. That's what makes them people rather than stereotypes.

Minor and cameo characters include Elizabeth's self-indulgent academic father, her sexy younger sister, a not-so-merry widowed neighbor, Brian's excessively beloved older sister, his pined-after lost love, that woman's life-hardened lesbian roommate, and a gay friend of Elizabeth's.

The narrative technique involves the use of several different points of view. A given scene may allow the reader to see the same action from starkly contrasting points of view. This reinforces the overarching theme of the book, which is the unending difficulty of human communication.

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About the author

Leonore H. Dvorkin was born in 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She has lived in nine different states and Germany. Her two BA degrees in languages are from Indiana University (Bloomington) and Metropolitan State College of Denver. She and her author husband, David Dvorkin, have lived in Denver, Colorado since 1971. Their son, Daniel Dvorkin, has written two science fiction novels with his father. Leonore works as a tutor of Spanish and German, a German to English translator, a proofreader and editor, and a weight training instructor. In 1977, she won the YWCA Sportswomen of Colorado award in the category of Health and Physical Fitness. Her publishing credits include numerous articles on fitness and nutrition, the literary novel Apart from You, and the autobiographical book Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor's Journey. She took the photographs used for the covers of both of her books. She and her husband invite you to visit their joint Web site: http: //www.dvorkin.com
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Leonore H. Dvorkin
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Published on
Dec 31, 2010
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Pages
344
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
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