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Screening Room by Alan Lightman
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Feb 23, 2016 | ISBN 9780307739841

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“This brilliantly observed and poignantly written memoir . . . is about what really defines the South—the real common denominator in our contested little matrix of blacks and whites, Jews and gentiles: family.” —The Washington Post

“Sensual. . . . Rich in detail. . . . Lightman, a physicist and novelist, shines a lush and tender light on his family’s storied past.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Raises goose-pimples of readerly delight. . . . Lightman bends his nostalgia through the prism of a writer’s creativity the way light through a projector blooms into a story on the screen.” —The Boston Globe

“A celebration of life’s possibilities and the way we remember them.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
Screening Room features the usual graceful prose and style of Lightman as he recalls the Memphis of his youth and compares it to the city in modern times. . . . The stories he tells and characters he describes paint a vivid portrait of his family’s life.” —Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
“Written in the elegant, precise style that makes Lightman’s novels so pleasurable to read, and the compelling concerns of his fiction—the slipperiness of memory, perception, and time, and the mystery at the heart of existence—are at the center of this book, as well. In Lightman’s hands, this story of a family becomes a meditation on the fleeting nature of our lives and the precious flashes of love and communion that illuminate them.” —Knoxville News Sentinel
“A subtly fictionalized, emotionally refined, and radiantly descriptive chronicle of [Lightman’s] stirring family history and often confounding boyhood within a colorful Jewish enclave in sternly segregated mid-twentieth-century Memphis, Tennessee.” —Booklist (starred review)
“The physicist . . . returns to Memphis after a death in the family to ponder a Southern boyhood as rich and complex as science itself.” —O Magazine 
“The Lightman family’s rise to prominence is an exceptional one; a Jewish tale of resilience and daring and imagination.” —Jewish Journal

“The cumulative effect of Lightman’s memories is wrenching: loss and illness and death wander freely in his pages, reminding us of the evanescence of youth and promise. The author shows us many small moments, igniting each with sparks of passion, memory and intelligence.” —Kirkus Reviews

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