Who She Was: My Search for My Mother's Life



Who She Was brings a compassionate yet unflinching eye to the American Jewish experience. Researched as a history, written like a novel, Who She Was stands in the tradition of such classics as Call It Sleep and The Assistant. In bringing to life his mother, Samuel G. Freedman has given all readers a memorable heroine.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
April 10, 2006
5.32 X 0.85 X 7.58 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Samuel G. Freedman, who has won numerous awards for investigative reporting and feature writing, is a former reporter for The New York Times. He has written frequently for Rolling Stone and has taught in the Columbia University Graduate Departments of Theater and Journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cynthia.


Who She Was is a precise, meticulous re-creation of a woman's experience that attempts -- as does all great literature -- to take a stand against time and loss and insignificance.
-- Alice McDermott, Author Of Child Of My Heart and Charming Billy
Freedman has succeeded brilliantly in finding out who his mother was and how she lived; the result is a book that is deeply satisfying to read, as close to time traveling as most of us will ever experience.
-- Diane Ravitch, The New York Sun
Nothing less than a triumph of the biographer's art, a work that takes a woman lost to time and restores her to the world.
-- Davod L. Ulin, Chicago Tribune
A testament to how every life is a living and memorable embodiment of the past and history. One feels the author's affection and wonderment for his subject on every page.
-- Oscar Hijuelos, Author Of The Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love
Who She Was is a subtle analysis, with all the pathos and depth of a portrait by Rembrandt.... Freedman's odyssey into his mother's past explains who she was and paints an affecting portrait of the woman and her times.
-- Tony Lewis, The Providence Journal