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H A R O L D U . R I B A L O W
American Jewish Fiction Books
1973-1974
A l lm e n ,
R ick .
Stanley: the 2nd Avenue Don Juan.
New York, H arper
& Row,
1974. 384 p.
The “hero” is a 16-year-old Jewish boy on the lower East Side
in the 1930’s. He is Stanley Polansky and the book concentrates
on his effort to lose his virginity. He fails.
A n g o f f , C h a r l e s .
Mid-century.
New York, A. S. Barnes, 1974. 349
p.
This is the tenth novel in Charles Angoff’s saga of David Po­
lonsky, his large family and numerous friends. It covers the 1950’s
and deals with university life, the magazine world, men and
women who are Jewish and those who are not. It is a rich, mem­
orable book.
A n s e l l , J a c k .
Summer.
New York, Arbor House, 1973. 216
p.
Jack Ansell has, without much fanfare, written some excellent
fiction about American Jews living in the South. In this collection
of fifteen short stories he continues his interesting work. Jews
appear in many of his tales.
B a r a s h , A sh e r .
Pictures from a brewery.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill,
1974. 270 p.
Written before the first World War, this is an important book
in the history of Hebrew literature. It now appears for the first
time in an English language translation (by Katie Kaplan) with
an introduction by Israel Cohen. The tale is set in a town in
Galicia and focuses on an interesting Jewish woman and her
brewery.
B e rm a n t , C h a im .
The last supper.
New York, St. Martin’s Press,
1973. 296 p.
A Jewish family chronicle set in Hampstead, England, written
by a keen observer of English-Jewish life.
B i r s t e in , A nn .
Dickie’s list.
New York, Coward, McCann & Geo-
ghegan, 1973. 247 p.
The heroine of Ms. Birstein’s book is a Bronx Jewish girl
married to a book editor. She knows the scene and captures a
literary milieu, its ambience and atmosphere. Lots of Jews involved.
B o g n e r , N o rm a n .
T he hunting animal.
New York, Morrow, 1974.
316 p.