by Jordana Horn

So Long as We Can Say “This is the Worst”

Death, pain, and then a love letter

Shadows in Winter by Eitan Fishbane (Syracuse University Press, 2011) is a compelling, lyrical and honest look into what happens when the worst occurs. In 2007, Fishbane’s wife, Leah — graduate student in Jewish history, mother to their four-year-old girl, Aderet, and two months pregnant — discovered a previously undiagnosed brain tumor and died two days later.

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