Papa's Shoes

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.

About the Author: 

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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madeline40 said…
Dear Linda,
Thank you so much for your very enthusiastic review of Papa's Shoes. You really helped ease a misgiving I had about having so many Yiddish words in the book. I was worried that people from different cultures and backgrounds would be turned off. Thank you so much for that.
I very much enjoyed being with you on your website again.
All best,
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