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By Andrew Furman

While many Jews have picked Florida because the excellent position to retire, Matt Glassman has selected it because the start line his maturity. might be that is as the pressures of existence have consistently reminded him approximately his grandfather who mysteriously disappeared from the relations 20 years in the past. Now, whereas he attempts to start a family members of his personal, he additionally builds a courting with the only one who may possibly understand the reality approximately his grandfather?s disappearance: his grandmother. She's remained stubbornly reticent at the subject these kinds of years, but if a well-known outdated guy exhibits up at Glassman's workplace he thinks he might ultimately get a few answers.

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His father had already done that, in a manner of speaking. It took only two generations for Stanley Glassman to realize the immigrant dreams of Matthew’s great-grandfather Herschel, who owned a leather goods store in Lackawanna. ) Glassman’s father was a labor attorney, and Glassman knew he could never match his father’s material success. Realizing this as a freshman at Penn State was oddly liberating. He was free to do something extraordinary, or at least interesting. So he eventually chose journalism, even though he initially considered it only a lark to write a column for the school paper, even though his parents had both insisted that law school would be a wiser, safer, more secure, choice.

An auditor of Rebecca’s once apologized to her for missing a month or so of class because she had to have part of a lung removed. ) On the precipice of death, they got out of bed and attended classes like British Romanticism, An Introduction to Philosophy, American Modernist Poetry, the History of the Middle East, Medieval Art. They read Trollope. This was no small feat as far as Glassman was concerned. Upon Rebecca’s insistence, he managed once to get through almost half of Doctor Thorne, after which point he wasn’t altogether convinced that Trollope read Trollope.

Glassman forced himself to back up and greet Trish appropriately. When he had his mind on something, he tended to neglect bestowing the requisite niceties upon his colleagues. This was a bad habit. Etiquette was important. There was no doubt about it. His mother drilled this into his head during his childhood and continued, in fact, to extol the virtues of good manners. No need. A year in Florida was enough to convince her son, once and for all, of all her arguments. Without etiquette, things did tend toward the anarchical.

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