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RIBALOW / AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
best novel of Jewish interest of the year by the Jewish Book
Council.
L
aurents
, A
rthur
.
The way we were.
New York, Harper
8c
Row, 1972.
264 p.
A novel about America after World War II and the McCarthy
era and the Hollywood milieu, by an American playwright and
Hollywood scriptwriter. The heroine is a Jewish communist.
L
elchuck
, A
l a n
.
American mischief.
New York, Farrar, Straus
8c
Gi-
roux, 1973. 501 p.
An ambitious, experimental novel about Bernard Kovell, an
English dean at “Cardozo” College (read Brandeis), and Lenny
Pincus (read Mark Rudd), a radical student leader. Norman
Mailer is introduced as a fictional character, and killed by Pin-
cus, and there's lots and lots of all kinds of sex in what is really
a shabby book.
L
lew ellyn
, R
ichard
.
Bride of Israel, my love.
New York, Double-
day, 1973. 297 p.
The prominent Welsh author of
How Green Was My Valley
now lives in Israel and has written an intriguing work of fiction
about a half-Jewish, British engineer who falls in love with many
girls and, at the same time, lives in a commune. The atmosphere
and terrain of Israel are well described and it is clear that Mr.
Llewellyn is writing from first-hand knowledge of the land.
L
ongstreet
, S
t e ph e n
.
The Pedlock inheritance.
New York, McKay,
1972. 408 p.
Mr. Longstreet, a veteran novelist who occasionally dips into
Jewish themes, now returns to his third novel about the Pedlock
family at a time when the head of the clan is up for a United
States Supreme Court nomination.
M
alam ud
, B
ernard
.
Rembrandt’s hat.
New York, Farrar, Straus 8c
Giroux, 1973. 204 p.
This is Bernard Malamud's first new collection of short stories
in a decade and includes eight original stories (some of them pre-
viously published in quality magazines in this country). They are,
of course, vintage Malamud, about Jews, with conflicts between
fathers and sons and other antagonists.
M
c
G
ivern
, W
ill iam
P .
Caprifoil.
N e w York , D o d d , M e a d ,
1972. 250
p .
A melodramatic, complicated thriller about Israelis, Arabs,
American and British agents.
M
irsky
, M
ark
.
Blue hill avenue.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1972.
177 p.
An imaginative, wildly-comic but not always successfully con-
ceived work of fiction about a rabbi from Dorchester, Mass., his