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Who She Was

My Search for My Mother's Life

Who She Was brings a compassionate yet unflinching eye to the American Jewish experience. Researched as a history, written like a novel, Who She Was stands in the tradition of such classics as Call It Sleep and The Assistant. In bringing to life his mother, Samuel G. Freedman has given all readers a memorable heroine.

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Samuel G. Freedman is a columnist for The New York Times and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six acclaimed books, four of which have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Freedman also has written frequently for USA TODAY, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, The Jerusalem Post, Tablet, The Forward, and Salon.com. He lives in Manhattan with his fiance and his children.

"Who She Was is a precise, meticulous re-creation of a woman's experience that attempts -- as does all great literature -- to take a stand against time and loss and insignificance."
-- Alice McDermott, Author Of Child Of My Heart and Charming Billy

"Freedman has succeeded brilliantly in finding out who his mother was and how she lived; the result is a book that is deeply satisfying to read, as close to time traveling as most of us will ever experience."
-- Diane Ravitch, The New York Sun

"Nothing less than a triumph of the biographer's art, a work that takes a woman lost to time and restores her to the world."
-- Davod L. Ulin, Chicago Tribune

"A testament to how every life is a living and memorable embodiment of the past and history. One feels the author's affection and wonderment for his subject on every page."
-- Oscar Hijuelos, Author Of The Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love

"Who She Was is a subtle analysis, with all the pathos and depth of a portrait by Rembrandt.... Freedman's odyssey into his mother's past explains who she was and paints an affecting portrait of the woman and her times."
-- Tony Lewis, The Providence Journal

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