By Richard Shain Cohen
Ecstasy and Distress is a old family members saga and romance that spans a number of generations. the tale unfolds as a Jewish immigrant family members settles within the busy and transforming into urban of Portland, Maine, in 1840. right here they locate many hardships as they confront anti-Semitism, nativism, and adjustment problems as they achieve popularity as peddlers and shopkeepers. at the moment Jewish males changing into physicians and legal professionals parallels the ladies who confronted an analogous derision with the intention to develop into medical professionals and legal professionals as well.
The novel therefore tells of Jewish marriages and intermarriages that proceed to construct the genealogy. those characters are robust confident men and women who reject relations dismay as they locate love, pleasure and achieve popularity of their fight for dignity and honor not just of their selected professions yet in the a variety of families.
"Richard Shain Cohen's 5th novel, Ecstasy and Distress, stops in any respect the junctures during this lengthy and winding highway detailing the arriving of a ecu Jewish kin, the Blumenthals, in Portland, Maine, in 1840. He artfully information the development of six generations of its individuals in the course of the resulting a long time culminating within the moment international conflict. We come to profit that during spite of a standard denominator of trials and tribulations every one family's narrative is trenchantly exact. What used to be it prefer to be Jewish in pre-Civil warfare the US? was once upward mobility attainable for similar to those? used to be the yankee dream a fabrication, or have been there new pathways to social and monetary mobility during this rugged and changeable milieu? the ubiquitous specter of discrimination needed to be confronted, handled, and historical past needed to be encountered by itself phrases within the swift-moving currents of a family's lengthy and brave trip. the writer does an exceptional activity of bringing the Blumenthals into smooth concentration as a residing, respiring, loving, being concerned entity and a powerful and made up our minds kinfolk in a position to plotting its direction and soaking up life's blows whereas redefining its phrases for these to follow."
- James T. Kenny, PhD, Author
About the Author:
Richard Shain Cohen of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is initially from Boston. He retired from the college of Maine at Presque Isle after serving as vp of educational Affairs and Professor of English. He holds B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. levels. Richard served within the army and is a U.S. military veteran.
His personal guides contain: Fiction-Ecstasy and misery; Our Seas of and Love; Monday: finish of the Week; Be nonetheless, My Soul; and Petal on a Black Bough. Non-fiction-Healing After darkish: Pioneering Compassionate drugs on the Boston night health center; The Forgotten Longfellow: guy within the Shadows; Poetry-Only God could make a Tree. He additionally wrote chapters for Aroostook: Land of Promise; educational reports and articles, and – due to a Shell supply – a monograph on Samuel Richardson that may be present in significant library holdings.
He served as editor of the magazine Husson Review and used to be vital player in a countrywide Endowment for the humanities furnish for "Images of Aroostook" that used to be exhibited during the nation of Maine.
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Ecstasy and Distress by Richard Shain Cohen