Your Mouth Is Lovely

Your Mouth Is Lovely

A Novel

Book - 2002
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"Each winter I'm sure will be my last. Dust to dust,I find myself saying as my frozen fingers struggle tohold the pen with which I write these words to you, Ashes toashes, I mutter, and nothing but suffering and joyin between. I've had my share. Hot and sharp -- I taste itstill in the blood that fills my mouth when I cough."

Miriam is a nineteen-year-old imprisoned in Siberia following the Russian Revolution of 1905. Reaching out to the young daughter whom she gave up at birth, Miriam weaves a haunting tale of life in a small Jewish village during the last days of imperial Russia and of a community caught between the rich yet rigid traditions of the past and the frightening, unfamiliar ways of a society desperately trying to reinvent itself.

Rejected by her suicidal mother and abandoned by her father at birth, Miriam is marked as an outcast in her village from the beginning. Reunited with her father when he marries Tsila, a haughty and complex woman whose beauty has been marred by the hand of divine anger, Miriam searches to unveil the secrets of her birth in a place of mystery and superstition, where everyone seems to know the truth that eludes her.

Your Mouth Is Lovely moves seamlessly from picturesque but impoverished villages, where fife is ruled by the iron hand of God and the equally powerful grip of Fate, to the slums of teeming Kiev, where a seething anger is about to change the course of Russian history. A story of epic human drama, Your Mouth Is Lovely is a poetic, dreamy novel with a darkly magical sheen.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780060096779
Branch Call Number: FIC RICHLER
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 01, 2014

I read this for a book club and would probably have picked it up anyway because I am always interested in the tsarist Russia of the early 1900's. At first I was confused with the time and setting switch from a small village in 1895 to a prison in 1905 (I think I have the dates close), but figured out what the author was doing about one third the way through. The heroine did not engage me very much but her stepmother was another matter. She was complex, strong but yet endearing, and from my perspective made the book interesting. The whole narrative really felt like a description of a picture rather than a depiction of life. Maybe a bit too back and forth for me, with the ending leaving me feeling that the author didn't know how to tie it up so just stopped. I would say try this because some of my group really liked it and didn't have the same disappointment about the ending.

Nov 26, 2012

The Imposter Bride has a very long waiting list, so I decided to try this earlier book by the same author. The story is that of a young woman during the Russian Revolution and how she gets caught up in the movement. A slow start, but it quickly picks up.


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