The Rescuer's Path: Second Edition

The Rescuer's Path: Second Edition

by Paula Friedman

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When Malca Bernovski rides a horse offtrail in Nixon-era Washington DC, she discovers the wounded antiwar leader Gavin Hareen, prime suspect in the lethal bombing of an army truck. The budding love between the sheltered Malca, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and the anguished, half-Syrian fugitive becomes a desperate struggle against injustice.

From the White House to the Rockies, from the Warsaw Ghetto to the post-9/11 search of the lovers’ child for her origins, this tale spans generations to delve urgent, timeless questions.


“Exciting, physically vivid, and romantic.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Award, author of The Dispossessed, Lavinia, and many others

“I could not stop reading this novel—I loved it!”

Carole L. Glickfeld, Flannery O’Connor Award, author of Useful Gifts and Swimming Toward the Ocean

“Vivid, humane, and wise, The Rescuer’s Path had me from its first line to its last.”

Cheryl Strayed, Pushcart Prize, author of Wild and Torch

“In a story of what it means to do the right thing, these characters will break your heart and put it back together again.”

Heather Sharfeddin, author of Damaged Goods

“Timely yet rich with history, this tale compels you to turn page after page. This is the book you can’t put down, the people you will remember, the vibrant story we all share.”

Carol Denney, activist, writer, satirist, Fiddlers for Peace

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632100450
Publisher: Plain View Press, LLC
Publication date: 05/18/2018
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 891,952
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Paula Friedman's honors include Pushcart Prize nominations and OSPA, New Millennium Writings, and other awards and honors, as well as Centrum and Soapstone residencies and fellowships. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online literary magazines and anthologies. Her books include the novel The Rescuer's Path (Plain View Press, 2012, 2018), her novel The Change Chronicles (Lillicat Publishers, 2018) and a poetry chapbook, Time and Other Details (Highlights Press, 2006).
Ms. Friedman is an author and freelance book editor residing near Portland, Oregon. She has previously taught writing workshops in Hood River, Oregon, directed public relations for the Judah Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, directed the international Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience, and founded the collective literary magazine The Open Cell. She has run poetry readings and writers workshops in the Bay Area, Paris, and elsewhere, and recently compiled an anthology of West Coast Jewish women's poetry. She holds an M.A. from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from Cornell University. A reunited birthmother and former welfare mother, she is active in peace and social justice issues and received the 2006 award of the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Off-Trail 11

Part 2. Trail Crest 67

Part 3. The Hole in Time 119

Reader’s Guide 193

About the Author 197

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Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
Friedman brings together so many normally closed circles of life's tapestry, dissects them and spreads them wide. Then she chews on them in a range of partly fictional and partially factual related lives, layer by non-sequential layer. The plot draws together and demonstrates the connectivity between the political, cultural and private life strands that mould the being. She studies a series of creative snap-shots to demonstrate the fact that we progress by knowing and understanding each other's paths and not just our own. This is a stand against the autistic political and social boxes that are used to justify aggressive action. Innocence knows to mend rather than destroy, despite the messages delivered by the cynical experienced. The strategy of peace, mending at all costs, is too easily abandoned. The Holocaust is connected to the election of Obama, life in Damascus is connected to the war in Vietnam, and a child adopted into suburban California is connected to the child conceived under the advancing guns of the posse. The study of interconnectivity is progress, whilst closed circles lead to mistrust and war. This so well written poetic prose is a primal scream against the dark rivers of misunderstanding, of ignorance, of inhumane real politics, of our savage behaviours and untrusting expectations. We are all haunted by our pasts, scoured and scarred by life in the continuous present, and scared of our futures. The author so clearly tells us that for progress the only future is one of peace and cooperation, not the usual one of war and deceit born of selfish greed. The incorruptible chains of love must smother, imprison, the unbreakable chains of evil. The Baby Boomer generation are the first, as a mass population rather than as a mass with a few privileged individuals in the self-serving elites, to have a genuine world view of the complex strands that snake through all our lives. We are the first with enough truths, despite the best spoiling efforts of greedy leaderships, to see through the veils of power. We are the first to have the privilege of viewing enough social and political strands to be able to see the common patterns. Friedman represents us well. She is a writer with a driving need in her very DNA to proclaim the responsibility of us all to put peace and sentient love before our dangerous primitive, selfish drivers. It is a pity then that the leadership of our generation is betraying us so badly both on the macro and micro political levels. I can but wonder at those that look at the the mechanical vehicle, the plot, and make some strange claim that the characters wouldn't behave in such and such a way, or that history didn't really happen like that. The view we are shown is receding from the rear, proceeding to the side, and progressing beyond the windscreen. The point isn't in the particular way the strands cross in the text, it is the subtext. As I see her words: we must not remember the message of the hippy generation as give peace a chance, we must remember it as peace is the only chance we have. The rescuer's path is our only sustainable path. So it is sad that the young of Malca's generation, the ones so gifted with vision, now lead the world so badly. I'm sure that Friedman will say if I have lost my way on the path she outlined.