Barbara Pokras and Fran Pokras Yariv
"Caring for aging parents is one of the most common
experiences sisters share, but few can transform their responsibility
into bittersweet words of wisdom the way the
Pokras sisters, Fran and Barbara, have done. This book,
with its tender, funny, and revealing insights into the
world of the elderly, is a must-read for every caretaker."
—Carol Saline, author of the New York Times best seller Sisters
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In this pair of moving, gracefully poignant novellas, sisters Pokras and
Yariv explore the world of the elderly with deft humor and heart-wrenching
detail. Pokras’ Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz introduces us to the remarkable
Golde Moskowitz, an elderly Russian widow living alone with her
memories. In Golde’s world, "signs" are everywhere, the dead converse
with the living and dreams are real. Natalie Holtzman, a thirty-six-yearold
graphic artist longing for connection, fills her world with work and
with Artie, her commitment-wary boyfriend. One sweltering summer
morning, Golde decides to do some grocery shopping. Natalie, on her
way to work, quite literally "runs into" her and the lives of both women
are forever changed.
Yariv’s The Caregiver unfolds in a series of stories, revealing the inner
workings of Sunset Hills, a fictional upscale assisted-living facility in
Hollywood. Narrated by Ofelia Hernandez, a young Latina caregiver,
the stories capture both the mundane routines and the absurdities of
the residents’ lives. With deep empathy and subtle humor, Yariv crafts
intimate portraits of characters whose passion, intensity, and intelligence
are only magnified with age.
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Barbara Pokras is an Emmy award–winning film editor and a member
of American Cinema Editors, Inc. and of the Motion Pictures Editors
Guild. She taught in the Cinema Department of the University of Southern
California. She lives in upstate New York.
Fran Pokras Yariv is the author of two screenplays and five novels, including Last Exit and Safe Haven. She was awarded a Writers Guild of America, East, Foundation
Fellowship in screenwriting. She lives in Pasadena, California.
6 x 9, 192 pages