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M . N . K
iev
— A
m er ica n
J
ew ish
F
ict ion
B
ooks
159
B
r y k s
, R
a c h m il
.
A cat in the ghetto: four novelettes. Translated from the
original Yiddish by S. Morris Engel. Introduction by Sol Liptzin.
Preface by Irving Howe. New'York, Bloch, 1959. 169 p.
Four novelettes laid in the Lodz (Poland) ghetto and the Auschwitz
extermination camp. A moving portrayal of the unspeakable and
unimaginable horror of the Nazi holocaust, based on the author’s
experiences.
C
a r l e to n
, V
e r n a
B. Back to Berlin: an exile returns. Boston, Atlantic-
Little, Brown, 1959. 309 p.
Eric Devon, in reality Erich Dalburg, has hidden his true identity,
rejected his native Germany and claimed to be an Englishman. After
a nervous breakdown, his intelligent British wife, Nora, instinctively
realizes that if he is to survive he must return to Germany, which
he does.
D
a y a n
, Y
a e l
.
New face in the mirror. Cleveland, World, 1959. 151
p .
Story of Ariel Ron, who describes the life of a sensitive, self-
centered girl in the Israeli women’s army and one or two youthful
romances.
D
avey
, C
h a r l e s
( F
o s t e r
) .
David. Philadelphia. Muhlenberg Press, 1960.
256 p.
A novelization of the story of King David, as seen through the eyes
of Abiathar, chief priest of Israel.
E
p s t e i n
, S
e ym o u r
.
Pillar
o f
salt. New York, Scribner,
1 9 5 9 . 2 5 4 p .
The marital experience of Sid and Gaby Roth and the dissolution
of that marriage because of their clashing family backgrounds and
their inability to understand each other.
F
if ie l d
, W
il l iam
.
The sign of Taurus. New York, Holt, Rinehart,
Winston, 1960. 320 p.
Countess Potolska, a Polish Jewess, flees Warsaw and finds a haven
in Mexico where she becomes a fortune teller and medium.
F
i s c h e r
, M
a r jo r ie
.
Mrs. Sherman’s summer. Philadelphia, Lippincott,
1960. 254 p.
At the behest of matriarchal Adelaide Sherman, the entire Sherman
clan, including nine children, in-laws and grandchildren, gather together
to spend the summer in her Long Island home in 1911. The plot is
full of subtle probings into family relationships.
G
old
, H
er b er t
.
Love and like. New York, Dial, 1960. 307
p .
Collection of 14 short stories, mostly about a young man who in
the accumulation of experience becomes almost mythically repre-
sentative. The stories are perceptive and realistic studies of love
relations between father and son, man and woman, husband and wife.
G
r a n it
, A
r t h u r
.
The time of the peaches. New York, Abelard-Schuman,
1959. 254 p.
Narrated in the first person by an adolescent boy who stands mid-
way between the dying Jewish culture of his family and the American
culture which exists outside the ghetto-like confines of the famous
Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N. Y. The book is filled with pessimism.
G
r e e n
, G
era ld
.
The lotus eaters. New York, Scribner, 1959. 565
p .
An aging and irreverent anthropologist, Hall Maitland, turns up
in a place very much like Miami Beach and on a radio program
blasts the Southern extremists’ attitude on white superiority.
H
eyw a r d
, L
o u is
M. Grandpa and the girls. New York, Random, 1960.
217 p.
Delightful book about grandpa, an unworldly 87 year old Talmudic
scholar, who decides to visit his successful daughter, Dora, in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, whom the family suspects, and rightly so, is a Madam.