Category Archives: Goldman, Judy

Judy Goldman. The Slow Way Back. New York: William Morrow, 1999.

Thea McKee is a woman with a successful radio call-in show in Charlotte, N.C., when she receives in the mail a packet of letters written by her grandmother more than 60 years ago. As she seeks help understanding the letters — they are written in Yiddish — Thea reflects upon three generations of her Southern Jewish family. The letters ultimately reveal family secrets that allow Thea to resolve long unanswered questions about her childhood. The Slow Way Back won the 2000 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for the best work of fiction by a North Carolina writer.

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Judy Goldman. Early Leaving. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

The night he graduates from a prestigious private high school in Charlotte, N.C., valedictorian Early Smallwood shoots and kills an African American teenager. This novel follows Early’s mother Kathryne as she tries to understand the events of that night and reflects on Early’s childhood, wondering if there was something she could have done in order to prevent the tragedy.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2004, Goldman, Judy, Mecklenburg, Piedmont