Apart From Love is a superbly written novel about an inherently dysfunctional family. Ben, now a young man of 27, is asked to return home after his father, Lenny, is injured in a rather bizarre accident at his own wedding. Having angrily left home at the age of 17, Ben has misconceptions about the reasons for his parents’ divorce and the current status of his mother, Natasha, primarily because his father has lied to him. While Ben believes his mother, a brilliant pianist, is performing on a world tour, she is actually in an assisted living facility due the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Lenny’s new wife, Anita, is more Ben’s contemporary than Lenny’s, and an inevitable attraction develops between Ben and Anita.
Uvi Pozansky skillfully develops the story through the voices of her characters which helps the reader cultivate a more rounded picture of their separate perspectives. Some scenes open in a faintly surreal manner, and we are left wondering whether or not this is a scene in the character’s reality or their imagination until it is later revealed. This gives her writing a bit of a paintbrush on canvas effect.
With Apart From Love, Uvi Pozansky has certainly earned five stars, and any reader will savor getting lost in this uniquely original novel.