What a pleasure it was to read my dear writing buddy, Madeline Sharples' new book, Papa's Shoes. I love novels that are historic, that tell realistic stories, that include dialogue that really makes the characters come alive and that leave you feeling like you just had a long visit with an old friend. Madeline does all of this in Papa's Shoes.
Without giving the plot away, I can share that if you have never heard Yiddish spoken in context, this book will give you that treat. I grew up in the city surrounded by people of various cultures and backgrounds, so my vocabulary is international. What a delight to read words like tuchus, goy, and kvetch. I could hear the accent clearly in my head, which made the characters come alive. I knew these people!
Madeline has a gift for dialogue, something many writers struggle with. However, the dialogue in this book feels real and rolls smoothly off the tongues of the characters.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good story - a story that just might be true!
Papa's Shoes is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Madeline Sharples has an extensive body of work. She has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry as well as being published in blogs, magazines, and anthologies.
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