When your life derails and your plans crash and burn before your eyes, what is there to do? You put one foot in front of the other and wake up every day with the life you’ve got, the life you’ve been given. And those dreams you used to dream, those plans you made so long ago? Are they dead and buried, or do they lie dormant, awaiting the clarion call, “It’s time. Now is the time.”
Synchronicity plays a significant role in Sara’s story. Threads from various sources and different times weave together to weave make this tapestry-story.
syn·chro·nic·i·ty ˌsiNGkrəˈnisədē/ noun
- the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
Sara has known Bernie since the day he was born; she and his mother were life-long best friends. As Bernie walks away from his mother’s funeral, he leaves behind not only the Jewish shiva but unknowingly walks into a new life. Memories – Sara’s – mingle with reminiscences of Esther as both Bernie and Sara talk out their grief, and regret.
Esther speaks from the grave, it seems, urging them both to seek out their dreams, to breathe life into them, and to follow their hearts.
Does Bernie embrace the revelations Sara shares with him? Can he accept the self-discoveries he makes in his grief-borne wandering?
Will Sara pick up her pen, and be who she always wanted to be?
While the bulk of the story takes place over only a few days, the memories shared take the reader back fifty years, to the then-young and aspiring Esther and Sarah. What, then, is the year that is Sara’s Year? What makes the year so significant and life changing? Which begs the question, what synchronicities in my life have made a year or a day or a week significant and life changing? I should be an old Jewish woman? I should have a Bernie or an Esther stirring my dreams? The ultimate question is, have I picked heeded the clarion call in my own life? Have I owned the dream placed within me from the beginning of time? Why yes, yes I have. Because it truly is never too late to follow my dreams, wherever they may take me.
Mr. Gerson had created a vivid story world in which this reader readily entered. Relatable characters gave depth and dimension to Sara’s Year, making it a favorite read of this reviewer.
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