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J EWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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K
e y e s
, F
r a n c e s
P
a r k i n s o n
.
Joy street. New York, Messner, 1950. 490 p.
An unduly lengthy love story which attempts to demonstrate the failure of
mere sentimentality about “brotherhood” to achieve good human relations.
The events take place in Boston’s Joy Street, which leads from aristocratic
Beacon Hill to the lowly quarters of Italians, Irish Catholics and Jews. (IJB,
June, 1951)
K
o s sa c k
, Z
o f ia
.
The covenant: a novel of the life of Abraham the prophet.
New York, Roy, 1951. 375 p.
The journey of Abraham and his descendants from the Euphrates Valley
to the Land of Promise; by a Polish novelist who has written a number of
Christological fiction books.
K
r a s n e r
, W
il l ia m
.
The gambler. New York, Harper, 1950. 216 p.
The fate of a small-time operator in the underworld is told without much
success. The principal character is a Jew; otherwise the book has no Jewish
significance.
L
am po r t
, F
e l ic ia
.
Mink on weekdays (Ermine on Sunday). Boston, Houghton
Mifflin, 1950. 309 p.
While not truly a novel, this book is a charming chronicle of the life of a
prominent Jewish family. (IJB, November, 1950)
L
a m so n
, P
e g g y
.
The charmed circle. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1950. 224 p.
A veteran studying at college takes exception to the efforts of his fraternity
brothers to bar a Jew from membership.
L
o f t s
, N
o r a h
.
Esther. New York, Macmillan, 1950. 163 p.
Adhering rather closely to the biblical account, the author has retold the
story of Esther with a sensitive and understanding pen. (IJB, December,
1950)
L
o n g s t r e e t
, S
t e p h e n
.
The Pedlocks: a family. New York, Simon and Schuster,
1951. 433 p.
A Jewish family’s contribution to the growth of America during the past
eighty years. The story revolves around the patriarch, Joseph Pedlock, a
Confederate army officer, and his grandson who seeks for himself a way of life
as an American Jew. There are inexcusable errors of fact about Jewish life.
M
a r k ow it z
, A
r t h u r
.
The daughter. New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951.
352 p.
The daughter of a Jewish merchant in South Africa involves herself in
promiscuous affairs. She reverts to respectability through the wealth of her
father and a marriage arranged by a broker.
M
a r sh a l l
, E
f f ie
L
a w r e n c e
.
Queen Esther. Portland, Me., Falmouth, 1950.
213 p.
An uninspiring novel based on the biblical book of Esther. (IJB, June, 1951)
M
e r o c h n ik
, M
i n n i e
.
Celeste and other stories. New York, Arrowhead Press,
1950. 247 p.
In this collection of five undistinguished stories, only one is of Jewish
interest. It deals with the overworked problem of love between Jew and
Gentile.
M i l l e r , D a v i d .
The chain and the link. Cleveland and New York, World, 1951.
368 p.
Set in Russia during the Napoleonic invasion, the novel vividly portrays the
problems of Ezra, who is married at an early age so that he may concentrate
on the study of Torah. Unfortunately he is unable to accept the affection of
his wife. Ezra matures with the passing years and becomes a leader among his
people. The social changes of the period are well reflected in this significant
story.
M
is r o c k
, H
e n r y
.
God had seven days. Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday, 1950.
Four hopelessly disabled war heroes in a veteran’s hospital, one of whom is
Jewish, are made whole by a miracle.
M
o r g e n s t e r n
, S
om a
.
The testament of the lost son. Philadelphia, Jewish
Publication Society, 1950. 359 p.
The last volume in a trilogy, which portrays the return of a son to the
heritage of his East European father. It has been called by Ludwig Lewisohn
“ the major imaginative Jewish work of our time.” Translated by Jacob