Advance reader reviews of Holding My Breath by Sidura Ludwig.

Holding My Breath

A Novel

By Sidura Ludwig

Holding My Breath
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2008,
    272 pages.

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  • Talya (Medical Lake WA)


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    I can't believe this is a work of fiction. I felt like a member of Beth's family with the wonderful character descriptions in the novel. The family felt so real and you could tell that the author loved them with the amount of care she put into each character. I think any person that loves reading about family ties, strong women, or generation gaps in 1960's Canada would enjoy this book.
  • Beth (Sioux Falls SD)


    Holding My Breath
    Canadian writer Sidura Ludwig has done a wonderful job with her first novel. I loved that it was set in Winnipeg, Manitoba - a city I have visited several times and always enjoyed.
    This is not an action packed novel, but rather a character study of a family. The main character, Beth Levy, tells the stories of her family - parents, aunts, cousins- who live and work together in one of Winnipeg's Jewish neighborhoods. As Beth grows up, her perceptions of her family members change and thus add layers of complexity to their personalities. Ludwig has created people who seem extraordinarily real. I enjoyed every minute of my time with them.
  • Jill (Newport RI)


    Holding My Breath
    Although it was nice, as a Jewish woman, to read a story about a young girl growing up in a Jewish family, I was not overly impressed with the writing. I thought it was a bit draggy, and I suppose I prefer a faster moving story!
  • Cam (Murrells Inlet SC)


    Holding My Breath
    This is a wonderful first novel about a young girl who grows up in a close knit Jewish-Canadian family. Ludwig writes poignantly and beautifully in this first person narrative. This is a great read and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about family life. I look forward to reading future books of hers!
  • Harriette (Northbrook IL)


    Holding My Breath
    By the time I reached the second chapter (yes, the first was a little slow, almost turned me off), I was caught up in the dynamics of this very engrossing family. The pull of tradition against the modern was by turns familiar and new to me. The setting, Winnipeg starting mid-1940's was a perfect setting to tell the story of a Jewish-Canadian family in transition. The narrator, who is the only daughter of the couple being married at the start of the book, looks at her family and the world around her as I might have, had I been as observant. Although it relates the happenings in a Jewish family, the story could have been about any ethnicity of the time....I highly recommend this book to all those who love family tales.
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