A Departure from the Script

  • by Rochelle Hollander Schwab
  • Narrated by Sheri Pigott
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sheila Katz has it all: a successful amateur theater debut, a husband who looks like a movie star and performs in bed like a man twenty years his junior, plus two wonderful grown children. True, her son became Catholic when he married - not a Jewish mother's dream. But Sheila is sure that any day now her daughter will announce her engagement to a wonderful Jewish boy. When the announcement comes though, there's one small change to Sheila's script. Jenny's intended is a wonderful Jewish girl.
With assistance from a support group, Sheila rises to the occasion and helps Jenny plan a blowout lesbian wedding. Even as she calls caterers, Sheila is keeping the affair secret from her disapproving spouse. But another secret disturbs her far more: She has become infatuated with a striking lesbian artist. Now Sheila is dreaming of an affair of her own, one that could alter her life forever. More than an "issues" book, this is a great read, filled with humorous twists and laugh-out-loud scenes.
Yet though Jenny and Tamara are not seeking legal recognition of their love, this groundbreaking novel may have played its part in the growing acceptance of marriage equality. A Departure from the Script was a choice of InsightOut Book Club, and a featured selection of Reading Group Choices: Selections for Lively Book Discussions; suggested discussion questions for book groups are included in the book.

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A lovely heartwarming, feel-good read.

Where does A Departure from the Script rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks among my favourites.


What other book might you compare A Departure from the Script to, and why?

It's quite unique, in that it describes a mother's journey into acceptance of her lesbian daughter. It's very well written. The characters have real depth. It's funny in places - moving in others. So I can't think of any other books to compare it to.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were loads of brilliant scenes in there. But some of the scenes with the main character's mother and mother-in-law were laugh-out-loud funny.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Mother of the Traditional Jewish Lesbian Bride'


Any additional comments?

The narrator was superb throughout.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2014
  • Publisher: Orlando Place Press