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P a l e y , G r a c e .
Enormous changes at the last minute.
New York, Farrar,
Straus 8c Giroux, 1974. 198 p.
Ms. Paley’s short stories have won her an ever-growing cult
of admirers. The 15 tales in this book confirm her skills. Many of
them are about New York Jews, whom the author understands
very well.
R a sk in , B a r b a r a .
Loose ends.
New York, Bantam, 1973. 320 p.
The story of a Jewish mother of four with a difficult life ahead
of her. Her husband and her lover have both abandoned her and
she is left to shift for herself.
R o s e , L o u is e B l e c h e r .
T he launching of Barbara Fabrikant.
New York,
David McKay, 1974. 311 p.
The heroine is a rabbi’s daughter who attends a New England
coed college. She is fat but slims down and falls in love with a
Jew who is the campus anti-Semite!
S e v e la , E f r a im .
Legends from invalid street.
New York, Doubleday,
1974. 212 p.
The author is a former citizen of the Soviet Union and now
lives in Jerusalem with his family. His collection of stories pub­
lished here deal with Jewish life in Vilno, not in Israel, and they
range from a story about a rabbi to one about a Lithuanian woman
who hid Jewish children during World War II. They are trans­
lated by Anthony Kahn, but the publisher doesn’t tell us whether
they were written in Russian or Yiddish.
S h a h a r , D avid .
News from Jerusalem.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1974.
310 p.
The author was the winner of the 1973 Agnon Prize and here
are 15 of his stories. He is a fifth generation Jerusalemite and all
of his stories are set in that fascinating city.
S in ge r , I s a a c B a sh ev is .
A crown of feathers.
New York, Farrar, Straus 8c
Giroux, 1973. 342 p.
Here is still another volume of short stories by one of the
premier Jewish, Yiddish and international masters of creative
writing. There are 24 stories, many set in the United States, the rest
in Eastern Europe.
W a g n e r , E l i o t .
Better occasions.
New York, Crowell, 1974. 215 p.
Moe Gross is a Jew from the Bronx who falls in love while
married and the father of children. Mr. Wagner studies the
situation.
W e idm an , J e r o m e .
Tiffany street.
New York, Random House, 1974.
429 p.
Mr. Weidman seems to have found a second wind in regard to
writing about Jews and here continues the story of Benny Kramer,
who, at 58, remembers his past life on the lower East Side.