No Time for Tears is Cynthia Freeman’s aptly named novel about a Jewish woman too busy keeping her family together to regret what she does to accomplish it.
Chavala Rabinsky becomes head of her family at 16 when her mother dies in childbirth. She promptly proposes to Dovid Landau, whom her parents have treated like family.
She knows Dovid will be the father to her five siblings that Avrum Rabinsky is too grief-stricken to be.
Chavala is surprised to find she loves him.
Realizing the Russian pograms are going to get worse, Chavala convinces Dovid the family must emigrate.
She wants to go to America, but the men are set on Palestine.
Chavala’s financial acumen gets them there.
Eretz Yisroel isn’t the promised land they expected.
After World War I, Chavala and Dovid separate.
Dovid remains to build the Jewish homeland.
Chavala goes to New York with two brothers and one sister for whom she makes a home. She builds a multimillion-dollar business to support them and the son conceived in Israel.
Freeman’s builds her story entirely of character sketches, sabotages what personalities survive by an unbelievable plot, and produces an entirely forgettable novel.
No Time for Tears by Cynthia Freeman
Arbor House. ©1981. 411 p.
1981 bestseller #10. My grade: C
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