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DEBRA REED BLANK
American Jewish Fiction Books
1983-1984
A
p p e l f e l d
, A
h a r o n
.
The retreat.
Trans, by Dalya Bilu. New York: E. P.
Dutton, 1984. 164 p.
Shortly before WW2 in the mountains of Austria, a man opens a
resort for Jewish senior citizens, with a program of ridding them of
their “Jewish” traits. In his inimitable stark style, Appelfeld has writ­
ten a parable which preaches against this sort o f doomed enterprise.
A
s c h
, S
h o l e m
.
Three cities.
New York: Carroll and Graf, 1983. 899 p.
Re-release of an epic work, sensual, emotional and political. De­
picted are the wealthy Jews of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg, the
poor Jews of Warsaw, and Moscow during the October Revolution.
B
e r m a n t
, C
h a im
.
The house of women.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1983. 304
P-
A modern Austen-like tale of an English Jewish family. Ducks
Courlander (the narrator-heroine) and her two sisters are the focus
o f this novel which offers social insight as well as family politics.
B
ir m in g h a m
, S
t e p h e n
.
The Auerbach will.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.
416 p.
The story of the Auerbachs’ rise to wealth and power is loosely
based on the real life of a prominent philanthropist and business
leader. Jacob ’s wife Essie is the main character in this tale of the
struggles that go on behind a facade of outward wealth and privi­
lege. The era of the great mail-order catalog houses is brought to
life in an inventive and entertaining manner.
B
r o d e r
, B
i l l
and
G
lo r ia
K
u r ia n
B
r o d e r
.
Remember this time.
New
York: Newmarket Press, 1983. 380 p.
A saga of a Jewish family in Russia in the years just before their
immigration. The reader goes through WW1 and the Russian Revo­
lution with four dauntless, beautiful sisters, their wise mother and
their crafty, illiterate father. The conflicting ideas and expectations
of those dramatic years are presented through these characters in a
historically well-grounded fashion.
B
u s c h
, F
r e d e r ic k
.
Invisible mending.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1984.
277 p.
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