ONLY YESTERDAY by Syrell Rogovin Leahy


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Another wispy romance from Leahy (Love Affair, 1986; Family Truths, 1984; etc.), this one involving a double-pronged, transatlantic search for two men--still lost, after 20 years, from postwar Germany. Lee Stein, amicably divorced, leaves her native US, where she is a partner in an N.Y.C. publicity biz, to return to the small German village and the Beihls--the family she'd lived with when she was studying folklore on a Fulbright two decades before. During her stay, Lee attends the funeral of the Beihls' young, adored teen-aged Tina, who died of illness; and she will once more visit the village woman who had rescued from the Nazis the boy Simon Mandelbaum, and renew her pledge to find him (relatives had whisked him away immediately after the war). Lee also relives in memory her passionate love affair with Rich Singer, then a lecturer in history at the University of Frankfurt. Back in the States, perseverance pays off with a double whammy: both Simon and Rich are found. The accusations of Lee and Rich are contrapuntal: why, oh, why, didn't you hunt me down? Well, there was a (separated) wife on the one hand, and a thicket of misinformation (thanks to the Beihls) on the other. Now should, or would, Rich and Lee revive old fires--particularly after the (obvious) truth about Tina? Z-z-z-z-z. Flimsy but competent--and the author has a following.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1989
ISBN: 399-13438-7
Publisher: Putnam
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