The Two-Family House - Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House

By Lynda Cohen Loigman

  • Release Date: 2016-03-08
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 199 Ratings

Description

"An emotional but dreamy novel that...will transport you far, far away from your next dreary Monday morning. You may do a lot of sobbing, but don't worry, you'll be smiling by the end." —Bustle, "12 Spring Break Reads To Help You Escape Normal Life"

**Buzzfeed, "14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books"

**Popsugar, "6 Books You Should Read"

"A novel you won't be able to put down." —Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night.

When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman's debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

Reviews

  • Beautiful, sweet, emotional

    5
    By shadycohen
    I am not generally a reader of fiction and certainly never one of family dynamics and stories that would resonate more with my wife and her friends than mine. I am, however, a Jew of Eastern European descent, a Father, a Son and a Parent who was able to go back in time through this book and be in the room with my Grandparents as they raised my parents. It was the story of Me and anyone else whose Jewish roots started at Ellis Island, had a family business and is willing to accept the fact that, behind closed doors, both literal and figurative, we are almost all dealing with these issues. Beautiful story, beautifully written, wonderful job, Linda.
  • Just did not enjoy it!

    2
    By Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader
    The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman is the story about two brothers who share a family home. Mort, Rose, and their daughters live in the downstairs apartment. Abe, Helen, and their four boys live upstairs. The two brothers work together at Box Brothers. They make cardboard boxes for businesses. Helen and Rose end up pregnant at the same time with their babies due in January. Their children are born during a winter storm in Brooklyn in 1947. One woman wants a boy and the other a girl. They have the opportunity to get what they want and take it. See how this one choice (act) changes their lives and their families. The Two-Family House is a slow starter. It is hard to get to keep reading this book, but I persisted. The novel was okay (satisfactory), but not wonderful. The story just plods along telling you what happens because of the decision these two women made (and one regrets it). The characters were flat. The Two-Family House is told in a first person point-of-view by various characters (which leads to confusion as it switches). The novel needed a little something (like maybe making it more of a secret) to make it more appealing. It needed more depth and interest. It reads more like a first or second draft, than a finished novel. I give The Two-Family House 2 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Two-Family House from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Delightful!

    5
    By Msoccermom12
    I loved this book from beginning to end. I did not want it to end....I felt like I was part of the family.
  • I had hoped for more

    3
    By Boopsie205
    The first half of the book reminds of the short fiction that appeared in women’s magazines years ago: routine descriptions of family life.The seond half is more interesting as the characters become more nuanced and developed. Unfortunately, the book’s big reveal was entirely predictable. The author writes with grace and sensitivity, however, and I look forward to her next book.