Saturday, January 11, 2014

My review: Chasing Love by Elinor Rogosin

I first encountered Elinor Rogosin when I went to do a radio interview for my book Kidnapped. I didn't mean to eavesdrop, but the waiting area and the interview area were only separated by a thin curtain, and I listened to her calm voice telling the story of a lost son.

I'm not good with faces or names, but when I went to a book fair in Sarasota in the fall of 2013 I recognized her voice and decided to strike up conversation. Since then I've met her a number of times, and besides being a delightful woman, she is one of the most interesting people I've ever known.

This fine evening I've been reading her book, Chasing Love, a Mother's Journey. It is a memoir, not a genre I normally delve into, but I began reading and couldn't stop until I was all the way through.

The book is well written, and that was a given knowing that she teaches writing at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

I expected it to be interesting. Elinor has lived all over the world, held fascinating jobs, met intriguing people, and combines her experiences with compassion, a bright mind, and knowledge of the arts. I didn't realize how interesting it would be.

Chasing Love tells the story of how Elinor meets and marries documentary filmmaker Lionel Rogosin. They travel to South Africa, India, Israel, and many other places on ventures both difficult and dangerous. She meets actors and politicians, juggles languages, religions, and cultures, and brings up three children in an ever changing environment.

That's just the beginning: Jonathan, Elinor's youngest son, journeys to India and disappears.

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