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EVANIER / AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION ROOKS
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C h a r y n , J e ro m e .
Marilyn the wild.
New York, Arbor House, 1976.
246 p.
A Jewish detective novel in a black comedy vein about a lower
East Side Jewish police chief's problems with his daughter Marilyn
and a gallery of street people.
C o h e n , A r t h u r A .
A hero in his time.
New York, Random House,
1975. 278 p.
Fine novel centered on the character of a middle-aged Jewish
poet in the Soviet Union and his struggle to maintain his in­
tegrity as a poet and a Jew.
F re em an , C y n th i a .
A world full of strangers.
New York, Arbor House,
1975. 450 p.
A long family chronicle about David Rezinetsky who, associating
being Jewish with being an eternal outsider in America, changes
his name to David Reid, his wife Katie, a refugee, who cannot
forget so easily, and son Mark who searches for die heritage
denied him by his father.
G ro s s , J o e l .
The young man who wrote soap operas.
New York, Scrib­
ner’s, 1975, 180 p.
A Yeshiva student dropout winds up, after various life crises,
writing soap operas and finally reaching out for a schoolmate, now
a widow, from the old Yeshiva. Gross is a writer to watch.
Haddad ,
C. A.
The Moroccan.
New York, Harper and Row, 1975. 245 p.
A comic thriller about the adventures of a Moroccan-born Jew
caught up in sex and espionage in Tel Aviv and Damascus as a spy
for the Israeli security service.
H azaz , Ha im .
Gates of bronze.
Trans, by Gershon Levi. Philadelphia,
Jewish Publication Society, 1975. 400 p.
The destructive impact of the Russian Revolution on one
shtetl that serves as a microcosm for the Jewish experience through­
out Eastern Europe during that period.
H e lp r in , M a rk .
A dove of the east.
New York, Knopf, 1975. 180 p.
A twenty-nine year old writer who served in the Israeli infantry
and air force, Helprin has twenty stories here, some very thin,
about experiences in Israel, Boston, London, Paris, Rome, the
Bronx. The excellent title story encompasses Jewish history from
before the holocaust to contemporary Israel.
K a p l a n , B e rn a rd .
Obituaries.
New York, Grossman-Viking, 1976. 168 p.
Six stories in a surreal vein about isolated people, including
a Jewish martyr in Vermont, a rat psychologist and a doctor who
writes fictional obituaries.
K a p l a n , J o h a n n a .
Other people’s lives.
New York, Knopf, 1975. 205 p.
Incisive stories of upwardly mobile Jews from the Bronx. The