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S
m i t h
, R
o b e r t
K
im m e l
.
Sadie Shapiro, matchmaker.
New York,
Simon and Schuster, 1980. 192 p.
Light entertainment with an ambitious Jewish mama caricature.
She inherits three hard-to-satisfy clients from her matchmaker friend
and sets out to make them happy.
S
t y r o n
, W
i l l i a m
.
Soph ie’s choice.
New York, Random House, 1979.
515* p.
Explores the tragic psychological wounds and gu ilt of a con­
centration camp survivor through her relationships with her un­
balanced sadist lover and her Gentile companion (the narrator).
T
a g l ia c o z z o
, R
h o d a
.
Saving graces.
New York, St. Martin’s Press,
1979. 256 p.
An Orthodox Jew and an Italian Catholic marry to escape
from their respective backgrounds. But they discover they can not
reject their heritages without suffering. The ir parents are un­
pleasant stereotypes.
T
a r r
, H
e r b e r t
.
So help me God.
New York, T imes Books, 1979.
250 p.
At the height of the Vietnam War an unbeliev ing college stu­
dent applies to Rabbinical school to avoid the draft. By the end
of 1974 he has developed a strong Jewish identity, and even takes
personal risks to help fellow Jews in Russia. Begins humorously
but becomes quite serious.
T
o p o l
, A
l l a n
.
A woman of valor.
New York, W illiam Morrow, 1980.
324 p.
An Egyptian Jew and her long-rooted family are forced to
emigrate after the establishment of Israel. Later, she becomes a
first-rate anti-terrorist agent in Israel’s elite corps.
T
r a u b
, B
a r b a r a
F
i s h m a n
.
The Matrushka doll.
New York, Richard
Marek, 1979. 487 p.
After liberation from a concentration camp a teenage girl returns
to her native town in Hungary. She and her fellow survivors try
to piece together their broken lives despite the insensitivity of
the Gentile Hungarians and the creeping Soviet menace. An ex­
quisitely sensitive work.
T
r il l in g
, L
i o n e l
.
O f this time, of that place, and o ther stories.
Selected
by Diana Tr illing . New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.
116 p.
T h e first collection of the author’s stories, some written specifi­
cally for the
Menorah Journal.
They exemplify the author’s sen­
sitivity to economic, religious, racial, and medical minorities.