Mitch Albom has succeeded in striking an important chord in all of us -- the intrinsic human desire to discover what lies beyond, the need to believe that the way we conduct our lives matters and that "the end is not the end," after all, but another beginning.
The story will especially resonate with many Jewish women who continue to suffer the shame and guilt of being agunot, and who, like Juliet, are left afloat in their quest to grapple with their identity.
Having spent my formative years in a country where poetry, myth and superstition are woven into the fabric of everyday life, these elements find their way into my stories. The Last Romanov is no exception.
Was theirs an arranged marriage? It certainly was. Were they different in every imaginable way? You bet. Yet they managed to build a relationship based on love and trust. I wonder whether that was possible only because divorce was not an option at the time.
At a recent party, my husband and I were touched to learn our hostess had seated us at her table. Then arrived an elegant lady dressed in an embroidered Chanel Coat, who introduced herself as Judith Krantz.