Rated of 5
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.