Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still, I am unsure if her forgetfulness should be called an illness

And how could I be so dumb as to miss the early, telltale signs, back then when she started forgetting things? 
Simple things, such as the names of her students, and how to teach music, or play Beethoven's fifth. And later, how to put words on paper, and mail me a letter, and why not call me, why not tell me the truth; and how to talk to him, to my father; and most of all, how to forgive betrayal.  
So for me, home is where her illness has been buried, up to now, under a thin, undisturbed layer of memories. 
Or should I call them lies. 
I think that in the future, I should refrain from talking to my father, and especially, from asking him any more questions about her. Let him not upset that image, which I have been striving so hard to construct, the image of mom, framed by their life together, because if this image collapses, so will I. 
Still, I am unsure if her forgetfulness should be called an illness. Those doctors, they could have made a mistake. Two years in medical school taught me one thing, which is how terribly easy it can be to make an incorrect diagnosis. I recall a study of brain autopsies, in which roughly half of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's before death did not, in fact, show any evidence, I mean, evidence of the right degree of brain lesions to support the diagnosis. 
If there is one illness which—in this case—seems too far-fetched, it would be Alzheimer's. My mother is now in her early fifties: much too young, I think, for anything like that.
Yesterday, arriving at LAX, I hoped this could be a short visit, short enough just to take my father out of the hospital and make sure he is all right. I planned to spend no more than a week—but now, now that I know more about mom, and about where she is, I may have to stay longer and think about my next steps.

Ben in Apart From Love

In my novel, Ben returns to his childhood home, and reveals a closely guarded family secret, only to to deny it. His mother, Natasha, previously a renowned pianist, has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Can he save her? Will he accept her fate? Can he break through her silence and reach what remains of the ruins of her mind? Throughout the story, he undergoes a profound change, and alas, so does his mother.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#halloween #99cents #sale Upon that night when ghosts arise

Upon that night when ghosts arise
To shriek in gusts of wind
They’ll warn you of your demise
Deep under gravestones pinned

Pretend you never existed
On the ground, above
Pretend you are not Twisted
And not Apart From Love

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Friday, October 17, 2014

I love reading Apart from love, its an awesome read

Just discovered this short and sweet review on Goodreads, written by Patrick Loughrey of Glasgow, The United Kingdom. This is what he says of Apart From Love

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I love reading Apart from love, its an awesome read and Uvi Poznansky is an awesome author. She has written her book perfectly and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. :-) I recommend Apart from love as a must buy and a must read, the book is awesome. my rating 10 out of 10 :-)Patrick loughrey

Love is Part of It

I am thrilled to find this review, written by the author of NEXT TIME LUCKY: Lessons of a MatchmakerSiggy Buckley. Siggy recently appeared on NPR with Melissa Ross' First Coast Connect on Home Swapping and her book on dating. This is what she wrote for my novel, Apart From Love:

4.0 out of 5 stars Love is Part of It.October 17, 2014
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This review is from: Apart From Love (Kindle Edition)
Another great work by multi-artist (or as the French say "artiste complet"): U. Poznanzky who is a wonderful painter, sculptor, poet and in general master of words and intriguing plots. This novel weaves three individual story lines into one like a tapestry that takes shape in front of your eyes, adding color and depth with each new chapter.
It took me a while to get warmed up to the three main characters: the philandering father, Lenny, who divorced his wife Natasha who mysteriously left the scene. Anita, his new unlikely wife-- except for her physical likeness to Natasha and Lenny's, Ben who appears on the scene again after 10 years of absence. Anita is pregnant when the story starts. The secret around Natasha is soon revealed to Ben, to Anita, surprisingly, only later.
Natasha, a former concert pianist suffers from early dementia and is in a home, yet Lenny still loves and cares for her. Ben can't believe the shell of his mother that remains. The reader witnesses the terrible effects this disease has on people, both the patient as well as the family.
An illicit bond develops between Ben and Anita who are of the same age while Ben is alienated from his father. This family set-up- the three live in the same apartment- will not end happily of course.
While I found the story fascinating, the characters well developed and intriguing, I found the middle part a bit too long winded. Leaving out some of the flashbacks would have remedied that impression. The end left me somewhat unsatisfied. Of course, there is not always a happy -end in real life either. Overall, I recommend Apart from Love as a really good novel.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Words Left Behind

I love the quote by poet Clarissa Simmens, who says, "I am so grateful that my poetry is able to be published and stored in the modern version of ... The Cemetery of Forgotten Books." She is the author of seveal books, and I am thrilled that this is what she said about my novel, Apart From Love, in her usual poetic style:

5.0 out of 5 stars Words Left Behind...October 6, 2014
This review is from: Apart From Love (Kindle Edition)
Uvi Poznansky’s books are always written on several levels. Apart From Love seems to contain so many mythological elements. There is the basic story of the love triangle of Ben, his father Lenny, and Anita (the young wife who is replacing Ben’s mother) that is reminiscent of Oedipus Rex: kill the father, marry the stepmother, who happens to look like the real mother when young. There are also the three aunts—the Fates—snipping and knitting, moving amongst the lives of the main characters. There is another level with mirror imagery and twinning: Anita and Ben’s mother Natasha; Anita and Lenny’s soon-to-be born son with Lenny and Natasha’s son Ben; and Ben as competitor with Lenny, the father he resembles. Still another level examines the philosophical question of authors writing about people they know. As Anita says, “The words you leave behind you, they ain’t yours no more,” recognizing that words and lives are up for grabs to any author. The best part of a Poznansky book? The poetic prose, her seductive words, that make each book well worth reading.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Modern Take on an Old Bible Story

John Tucker is a multi-genre author, who says about himself, "I embrace my Gemini ways with an abandon that generally belongs to serial killers, traveling evangelists, and the heroes of most Zombie movies." What a great surprise to find his review of A Peek at Bathsheba:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Take on an Old Bible StoryOctober 1, 2014
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Growing up in church I always heard the story of David and Bathsheba in a negative way. True, David loved her at first sight, but the dirty way he sent her husband into the front lines of battle in order to kill him soured my views of the Biblical Hero. From heroically slaying Goliath with a sling, to cowardly sending a man to his death in order to claim his wife. Uvi Poznansky managed to change my mind a bit with this modern take on David's obsession and pursuit of the woman of his dreams. It's definitely not a dry book. It brims with emotions like passion, jealousy, lust, triumph, and self-realization. Religious without being preachy, historic without being boring. Five Stars.