About Joanne Greenberg

Miri, Who Charms

Miri, Who Charms - From girlhood through middle age, Rachel and Miri -- two Jewish women living in Colorado -- struggle to sustain a complex, often competitive friendship throughout the challenges that arise over many decades. Miri's young daughter, Tamar, initially appears to offer the long-time friends a link that will strengthen their uneasy bond. But when Tamar develops a passion for a dangerous sport even before the girl reaches puberty, Rachel and Miri's friendship faces a test more severe than any the women have ever experienced.


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Author Joanne Greenberg's recently published novel, " Miri," is a true gem and well up to the standards we expect from this distinguished writer. The setting is in a West Denver Orthodox Jewish neighborhood west of Federal and south of Colfax in the 1950s. Two young girls, Miri and Rachel, of ultra-orthodox families explore their society, their ambitions, contacts, and circumstances. From girlhood through middle age, these two women struggle to sustain a complex, often competitive friendship throughout the challenges that arise over many decades. Richly layered, with Joanne's trademark eye to character, Miri Who Charms is a thought-provoking novel about how our choices play out over time. One can almost hear our Rainbow Hills neighbor Joanne Greenberg, late into the evening, beside the embers of a glowing fireplace, the brandy down to the last inch in the bottle, telling the story with her own voice.
—Harry Ledyard

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The Circumflex

Here’s a little help with understanding French words. Sometimes there’s a little hat over a letter in a French word–côte, rôti, château, bête, etc.

When French was Late Latin, there was an S there that the circumflex replaces. Put the S back in the word add you get the Norman word that came into English when the Normans conquered England in 1066. So – côte is coste (coast) rôti is rosts (roast) chateau is château (castle), bête is beste, (beast) etc.

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Books by Joanne Greenberg

The King’s Persons 1963
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden 1964
The Monday Voices 1965
Summering: A Book of Short Stories 1966
In This Sign 1970
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