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DEBRA REED
American Jewish Fiction Books
1980-1981
A
braham s
, P
e t e r
.
Thefury of Rachel Monette.
New York, Macmillan, 1980.
310 p.
An above-average conspiracy suspense story built around Nazi
war criminals, kidnappings, murders, and present-day Israeli poli­
tics.
A
p p e l f e ld
, A
h a ro n
.
Badenheim 1 939 .
Trans, by Dalya Bilu. Boston,
Godine, 1980. 148 p.
A tiny Austrian resort town becomes a microcosmic stage for
impending disaster, which fills the air despite forced gaieties, lovers’
quarrels, and poetry readings. Highly acclaimed and deservedly so.
C
orman
, A
v er y
.
The old neighborhood.
New York. Linden, 1980. 219
p .
Experiencing a mid-life crisis, the protagonist finds solace (and
undergoes some painful self-examination) in his return to his Bronx
boyhood neighborhood. A fine portrayal o f contemporary, diluted
American Jewish life.
C
o u r t er
, G
a y
.
The midwife.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1981. 559
p .
A midwife, whose career begins with the delivery of the son o f a
czarist minister, flees anti-Semitic Russia for the Lower East Side,
where she is beset by personal, economic, and professional prob­
lems.
E
lk in
, S
t an l e y
with
S
hannon
R
av en e l
,
eds.
The best American short stories
1980 .
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1980. 474 p.
Most o f the stories in this volume are by Jews or have Jewish
themes: material by I.B . Singer and David Evanier (“The one-star
Jew”) among them. A fine annual collection.
E
lon
, A
mos
.
Timetable.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1980. 349 p.
Non-fiction writer Elon has made a barely fictionalized novel out
o f an agonizing slice o f history: an attempt to buy freedom for
Hungarian Jews under the Nazis. Joel Brand and Adolf Eichmann
are the protagonists in this historical drama.
F
aessler
, S
h ir l e y
.
Everything in the window.
Boston, Atlantic, 1980. 331 p.
A Toronto Jewish girl marries a Gentile boy, and despite the
predictable problems, the marriage works — until an affair bodes
devastation. The author elevates these common themes with her
fine writing and sensitive character portrayal.
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