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neighbors in the years 1950-1980. Familiar material.
W
agman
, M
ic h a e l
.
The f a r horizons.
New York, Delacorte, 1980. 595 p.
A Jewish family saga begins in 1881 Odessa with the patriarch’s
conversion and ends with family members celebrating Israel’s inde­
pendence in 1948.
W
agner
, E
l io t
.
MyAmerical
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1980. 512 p.
A vivid and detailed family tale set in the Lower East Side from
World War I to 1950. Centered around handsome, lazy Hymie
Share, his family, and the women whose lives he touches.
W
e b b
, L
il ia n e
.
The Marranos.
Kansas City, Andrews and McMeel, 1980.
555 p.
An adventure/romance, set in 17th-century Spain at the time o f
the Inquisition, focusing on the plight o f the Spanish Jews forced to
hide their identities and practice their faith in secret.
W
ie s e l
, E
l ie
.
The testament.
Trans, by Marion Wiesel. New York, Summit
Books, 1981. 346 p.
A man reflects upon the autobiographical writings o f his father,
an imprisoned idealist who was executed by the Soviets. A moving
portrayal of a man facing the political behemoth and the child o f one
convicted as a traitor.
W
o r th en
, H
e l en a
.
Perimeters.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1980. 275 p.
Hanna (a successful Los Angeles lawyer married to a Gentile) and
Voss (an occultly-gifted Swede who has recently discovered he is
actually a Polish Jew) meet in Israel. A haunting scenario offering a
perceptive treatment o f an American Jew in Israel.