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Poetic Remembrance of Childhood's Vision, Dreams, and Understanding
Monday, 22 November 2010 17:00

By zebramoon

Jeanne Simonoff's memoir of growing up in Los Angeles reads like a poem. Simonoff unfolds her story with a simplicity and beauty that captures the mood and feel of her early years with no need to overly describe or explain any incident. Quietly, and without pretense, she paints a picture that easily draws the reader into the heart of the world of her younger self. With a few lyrical strokes Simonoff is able to navigate the wonder and dismay of the momentous, and everyday, events of those years carrying the reader along with her as she searches for the understanding that can come when wisdom and acceptance reflect back through the years. It is a moving journey and I was glad her memoir allowed me a window into it.