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Rice, John
R. Seeking a city: a novel based on the Biblical story of Abraham.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Eerdmans, 1957. 150 p.
An interpretative account of the patriarch’s prophetic role; a modern
portrait of the ancient nomad, his wife, Sarah, and their son, Isaac.
Russcol, Herbert, and Banai, Margalit. Kilometer
95.
Boston, Houghton
Mifflin,
1958. 335
p.
A disillusioned member of the Stern gang, Nachum, joins a kibbutz at
Kilometer 95, the Gaza border, to help protect it from the Arab
marauders. The story conveys a patina of knowledge about the refugees,
kibbutz vs. city life, Negev hardships and attempts of its residents to
build new lives out of the ruins of war.
Salaman, Esther Polianowsky.
The fertile plain. New York, Abelard-
Schuman, 1957. 344 p.
Portrayal of pre-revolutionary Russian life as seen through the eyes
of the author during the years of her growing up in a large Ukrainian
town amid the warmth of her family.
Samuel, Edwin
H. A cottage in Galilee. New York, Abelard-Schuman, 1958.
227 p.
A collection of short stories about life in Palestine.
Silver, Lily Jay.
Shadow on the sun. New York, Duell, Sloan, Pearce, 1958.
255 p.
Nicole Levitte and her teenage daughter, Nicky, wife and daughter of
a prominent Jew in German occupied France, make their way to Cuba
where each finds a separate kind of peace.
Singer, Isaac Bashevis.
Gimpel the fool, and other stories. Translated from
the Yiddish by Saul Bellows and others. New York, Noonday, 1957. 205 p.
The setting is the ghetto of 19th century Poland of which most relics
are now erased, but Singer’s art touches depths of character and undying
memories that bring that world back to life in all its Yiddish flavor.
Snow, Charles Percy.
The conscience of the rich. New York, Scribner, 1958.
358 p.
Lewis Eliot, lawyer and narrator of the book, chronicles the story o!
the Marchs, an old and wealthy Jewish family in England. Tensions
and conflicts arise within the family when the daughter, Katherine,
marries outside her faith and the son, Charles, struggles to be a doctor
despite the father’s opposition.
Stern, Lucille.
The Midas touch: a novel. New York, Citadel, 1957. 286 p.
in spite ol nis spectacular rise to wealth, Barry Selman, who feels he
has a “Midas touch,” does not find happiness and is in conflict with his
orthodox family.
Wallenrod, Reuben.
Dusk in the Catskills. New York Reconstructionist,
1957. 264 p.
Story of life in a Catskill Mountain resort.
Weinreb, Nathaniel Norsen.
The copper scrolls. New York, Putnam, 1958.
320 p.
First novel about Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls.