Esther Savaris was halfway through her senior year of high school, a pretty girl, seventeen years old and still growing. . .
An affair with a much older voice teacher leads a young girl into early marriage, leaving behind her Brooklyn family and friends for a new life shadowed by her husband's Old World expectations. Decades later, with her child now pursuing an art career in New York, mother and son come to terms with the quiet intimacy they've both resented and cultivated. With shades of Woolf and Bellow, Devotion is a story of family, solitude, and self-expression, where old and new values ripple across generations.
Praise for Devotion
"Michelle Herman's beautifully written and wise novel probes the crucial and enduring questions of how we choose our paths in life. Her naive
heroine marries in haste and learns, at leisure, the many facets of love, its disappointments as well as its unexpected rewards. A pleasure to read."
-- Lynne Sharon Schwartz, This Is Where We Came In and A Lynn Sharon Schwartz Reader
Michelle is the author of Dog, a short novel, and Like A Song: Essays, both published by Outpost19. Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for Stories We Tell Ourselves, she is also the author of The Middle of Everything (essays), Missing (a novel), and A Girl's Guide to Life (a book for children). Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has lived for many years in Columbus, Ohio, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Ohio State.
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The morning after the quake (magnitude 6.0), my first since moving to California, I call my mother, happy to break a cycle of redundant conversations about DMV, homeowner's insurance, and what percentage moved in we are. . .