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to preserve Jewish survival: the Jewish activists believe Israel
attacked in 1967 in order to preempt the effects of a secret Arab-
American pact.
G
o l d r e ic h
, G
l o r ia
.
Leah’s Journey.
New York, Harcourt, Brace, Jova-
novich, 1978. 404 p.
A family saga extend ing from a Russian shtetl to the sweat­
shops of the Lower East Side, from Brooklyn to the suburbs, from
World War II to the establishment and development of the State
of Israel. Received the 1979 W illiam and Janice Epstein Award
for a book of Jewish fiction.
G
o r d o n
, N
o a h
.
The Jerusalem d iamond.
New York, Random House,
1979. 304 p.
An American Jewish diamond dealer hunts the Jerusalem dia­
mond (supposedly from King Solomon’s temple) hidden by Arab
sheiks. Includes lively descriptions of Israeli regions today, the
intrigues of biblical archaelogy, and romance with a Yemenite
artist.
H
at
.
b e r s t a m
, M
ic h a e l
.
The wan ting of Levine.
Philadelphia and
New York, J. B. Lippincott, 1978. 335 p.
A Jewish Democratic party spokesman accidently comes to the
forefront as a candidate for the U.S. presidency. An amusing but
unbelievable story set in a troubled U.S. in the not-too-distant
future.
H
e l l e r
, J
o s e p h
.
Good as gold.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1979.
449 p.
A Jewish American English professor, bored with his work and
alienated from the life he leads, seems to be offered a position
in the White House; he dreams of becoming another Henry
Kissinger. But he can’t divorce himself from his unassimilated
family and friends in Brooklyn.
K
a n i u k
, Y
o r a m
.
Story of big Aun t Shlomzion.
Tr.
b y
Zeva Shapiro.
New York, Harper and Row, 1978. 171 p.
Th is novel is an attempt by Shlomzion’s middle-aged nephew
(the same Aminadav of the author’s
Rockinghorse)
to fathom
the depths of her abrasive but enticing character. He reveals her
rudeness, callousness, selfishness, and disdain for others—but also
her steadfast loyalty for her late husband and father. T h e answers
Aminadav discovers in himself are steeped in mysticism and set
against the background of the early Yishuv.
K
a p l a n
, H
o w a r d
.
The Chopin express.
New York, Dutton , 1978. 224 p.
An American student in Jerusalem is asked to smuggle Hebrew
books into Russia. Israeli inte lligence and the KGB each try to
use the student for their own purposes, and the Russians plant