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Zimmer, an editor, is the helpless antihero who falls in love with
the daughter of a concentration camp survivor who is bent on
track ing down a Nazi war crim inal. Zimmer gets involved,
compelled by his misunderstood love. Still misunderstanding love,
he ruins his marriage to another woman.
B
u s h
, L
a w r e n c e
.
Bessie.
New York: Seaview/Putnam, 1983. 426 p.
A novel about a very different sort of Jewish grandmother: an
independent-minded leftist and political activist. From Russia to the
Bronx, from the Bolshevik Revolution to Vietnam demonstrations,
Bessie mirrors the lives of many who had similar experiences,
including the author’s own grandmother.
C
h a r y n
, J
e r o m e
.
Pinocchio’s nose.
New York: Arbor House, 1983. 384 p.
A quixotic and illogical novel with two protagonists: a Jewish Bronx-
born high school teacher turned bum and his cousin with apparent
Fascist sympathies, who may nevertheless be the savior o f the Italian
Jews.
C
o h e n
, A
r t h u r
A .
An admirable woman.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1983.
228 p.
Though clearly based on the life of Hannah Arendt, this is also
clearly not biographical Fiction. An interesting study o f fame in the
intellectual world. Winner of 1984 Jewish Book Award for Fiction.
E
l l i s
, J
u l i e
.
East wind.
New York: Arbor House, 1983. 352 p.
The setting is Hong Kong’s Jewish community: left an orphan at
sixteen, American Constance Levy is sent in 1906 to live with an un­
cle in Hong Kong. En route she meets a Jew born and raised in
China. Their relationship ends in a misunderstanding, and she is
inveigled into an unsatisfying marriage.
E
v a n i e r
, D
a v id
.
The one-starJew.
Berkeley, CA: North Point Press, 1983.
223 p.
First-person narratives offer portraits of the people who enter
Bruce Orav’s life. Orav, a writer from Brooklyn who is in emotional
bondage to his divorced parents, has an equivocal sense of his
Jewishness, and works in a Jewish fund-raising organization.
G
o l d s t e in
, R
e b e c c a
.
The mind-body problem.
New York: Random, 1983.
275 p.
Renee, a Barnard B.A. now studying philosophy at Princeton,
marries a mathematical genius, setting off conflicts — with him, her
parents, and within herself, the latter centering upon the dichotomy
between the body and the mind. A hilarious first novel.
G
r a y s o n
, R
i c h a r d
.
/
brakefo r Delmore Schwartz.
Somerville, MA: Zephyr
Press, 1983. 95 p.
Fifteen sho rt stories which revolve around a writer from
Brooklyn, uneasy about his Jewishness. Familiar New York Jewish
themes in a very contemporary context.