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American Jewish Fiction Books
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ll io t
Con temporary Israe li litera ture.
Jewish Publication Society, 1977. 342 p.
A representative anthology featuring fiction by 10 writers, in­
cluding Aharon Appelfeld, Yehuda Amichai, A. B. Yehoshua,
Amos Oz and others. The work of over 20 poets is also presented.
With an introduction by Shimon Sandbank and an afterword by
Robert Alter.
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h a im
The second Mrs. Wh itberg .
New York, St. Martin’s
Press, 1976. 191 p.
A novel about the passing of an old, accustomed world and
the difficulties of meeting new challenges.
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eym o u r
The last collection .
New York, Morrow, 1977. 269
p .
Morrie Hankleman is a loan shark in Montreal. He is stuck
with a non-paying client named Artie Kerner, who is addicted
to costly clothes and art objects. Morrie hires collectors Moishie
and Solly the Hawk. Hackneyed stuff.
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a r ie
T e ll me everyth ing.
New York, Dutton, 1976. 230
p .
Three Jewish girls set out to make it in Manhattan. One of
them writes a gossip column; the second works for a small movie
company; the third, whose name is Peaches Rosen, emerges as a
TV personality.
av idson
, L
io n e l
The sun chemist.
New York, Knopf, 1976. 273
p .
A suspense novel set in Israel with an authentic picture of the
Weizmann Institute and the Weizmann home. The plot is about
a top scientist at the Institute who is selling Weizmann’s formula
for making oil to the petroleum companies, who want to suppress
it. Real names and fictitious characters are mixed together in this
well-researched thriller.
p ste in
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esl ie
The Steinway qu in te t.
Boston, Little, Brown, 1976.
216 p.
The title story is a comic fantasy of the night the Steinway res­
taurant on New York’s changed Lower East Side is raided by two
Puerto Rican hijackers who keep the orchestra and patrons in a
state of terror for twenty-four hours. There is an overall comic
vitality and inventiveness to this story, and it works. The other
four stories do not.
* W ith thanks to Samuel Kreiter and Ben Safrai for bibliographic assist­