This morning I discovered three new events on Goodreads (a social network for readers): Apart From Love rose to position #22 out of 326 books in the New Authors to Read listopia. It also rose to #36 out of 1,098 books in the Best Independent Books listopia. If you haven't voted yet for my book, please do it! It will give the book the exposure it so badly needs, and allow it find its audience! I truly need all the help I can get in this monumental task. And the best news of all: Dolores Ayotte posted the following review on Goodreads as well as on Amazon:
Uvi Paznansky is an artist! There is no doubt about it. As I read "Apart from Love", I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfuntional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other.
There is a quality so deep and raw in "Apart from Love" that it's almost impossible to put this book down. In my opinion, Uvi Paznansky writes like a painter. She starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint here and a little paint there as she develops her characters and creates her masterpiece. Her strokes then become broader, more passionate, more vivid and vibrant as she continues to let her characters' stories unfold. She draws you in to a deeper level than you might actually want to go as she ignites the fire to your own love, passions, and fears.
Ben, the 27 year old son grudgingly returns home many years after the divorce of his parents, Lenny and Natasha. He finds that there is a mutual attraction between his father's young wife Anita, and himself. Their stories, along with Lenny's are related in a narrative as each person has the opportunity to share his side of the events that take place. "Apart from Love" reminds me of a movie I enjoyed many years ago...Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because it is a well-written drama that could take place on a stage similar to this movie. In "Apart from Love" Ben states..."In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive but so seldom do you give to others." There is defintely a great need for forgiveness both on the giving end as well as the receiving end in this novel.
Similar to any other work of art, the artist leaves so much of themselves in their work. Uvi Paznansky has done just that! Kudos to her on a job well done!