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A touching story about a rabbi and the times in which he lived,
from 1946 to the 1970s. Haunted by the Holocaust, David Hartman
takes a small pulpit in Connecticut. His community grows and he
becomes fast friends with a minister in his troubled times.
F r e em an , C y n t h i a .
Illusions o f love.
New York, Putnam, 1985. 308 p.
Martin Roth, scion o f a wealthy San Francisco Jewish family, is
forced to choose between two women — one Jewish, the other not.
Twenty-five not-so-happy years later he is forced to choose between
them again.
F r iedm a n , B r u c e J a y .
Let’s hear i tfo r a beautiful guy.
New York, Donald I.
Fine, 1984. 252 p.
The author’s third collection o f stories. It focuses upon a variety
o f Upper East Side characters, most o f them Jews, and most o f them
losers, who are preoccupied with their daydreams and fantasies.
G l a d s t o n e , F r a n c e s .
Anne’s Youth.
New York, Schocken, 1984. 113 p.
A chilling, extraordinary first novel first published in French
translation five years ago. Anne’s childhood bears the scars o f a
mother, em otiona lly crippled by her parents’ deaths in the
Holocaust, and o f a father who repeatedly beats her. The book, part
o f the varied literature o f Jewish family life, shows how the brutality
o f one generation is handed down to the next.
G r a n i t , A r t h u r .
I am from, Brownsville.
New York, Philosophical
Library, 1984. 271 p.
The author captures the exciting life o f a Jewish immigrant
neighborhood in Brooklyn, in this collection o f thirteen stories set in
the 1930s. All the stories center on two boys, one who narrates, and
one whose parents rent a room to a stream o f characters.
G r o s s , J o e l .
The lives o fRachel.
New York, New American Library, 1984.
415 p.
A companion to Gross’ earlier
The books of Rachel,
this volume de­
picts five earlier Rachels, from 168 B.C.E. to 1096 C.E. One lives in
London, one in Nicodemia, one in Mainz, and two in Jerusalem.
Each proves strong and true to her faith under difficult circum­
stances.
H e l l e r , J o s e p h .
God Knows.
New York, Knopf, 1984. 353 p.
Heller’s King David bears little resemblance to the David in the
Bible. We are presented with an anti-hero, a dying king who rambles
and reminisces, and complains about God’s treatment o f him. Witty,
unorthodox, and a pleasure.
K a r l i n , W a y n e .
Crossover.
New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.
210 p.
An idealistic young Israeli secret agent is assigned to assure the
safe arrival in Israel o f a renowned Russian Jewish dissident