Holding My Breath: A Novel
by Sidura Ludwig
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Publication Date: 08/05/2008
Novels, 272 pages
"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!" - Cam.
"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." - Beth.
"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." - Talya.
"This captivating, multi-generational story offers a glimpse into family life (albeit dysfunctional) in Jewish Canada in the 1950's and 60's. The women in the story are tough and strong and their characters are extremely well developed. In particular the narrator, one of the daughters, Beth, feels very real-to-life. You feel like she could literally walk off the page as she recounts her family story, capturing moments both happy and sad. I was totally drawn into both the story as well as the depiction of a place and time foreign to me." - Sandy.