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1985 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
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FICTION
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Invisible Mending
by Frederick Busch (David R. Godine)
Frederick Busch’s
Invisible Mending
is a grittily realistic yet won-
drously exhilarating portrait of a quest for identity and meaning
within modern New York City. This book is about the pain and
wonder of love, the burdens of guilt, and the improbable possibil­
ities of life. In depicting one person’s odyssey toward selfhood,
Busch manifests, touchingly and humorously, an inherent Jewish
sensibility which encompasses the paradoxes of the human con­
dition: victimization and hope, despair and affirmation. In this
poignant work, the reader is drawn into not only a deeply emo­
tional and psychological experience, but a powerfully moral one
as well.
J
u d g e s
:
Dr. Benjamin Nelson, author; Esther Nussbaum,
lib rarian , Ramaz U ppe r School; Gary Rosenblatt, editor,
Baltimore Jewish Times.
HOLOCAUST
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e o n
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w a r d
The Abandonment of the Jews
by Davis S. Wyman (Pantheon)
With
The Abandonment of theJews
David Wyman completes the
task he began a decade and a half ago in
Paper Walls,
a compre­
hensive study of refugee policy between 1938 and 1941. There is
an honesty and openness about
The Abandonment of theJews
which
emerges in the questions he poses and the clarity of his narrative
prose. Wyman is a fierce but always balanced judge of the failure
of the American government to rescue doomed Jews of Europe.
Nor does he spare Jewish organizations and leaders who did not,
he concludes, push fully to the limits of ethnic advocacy. Some
will take issue with his conclusions but none will question his in­
tegrity.
J
u d g e s
:
Judith H. Muffs, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai
B’rith; Dr. Yaffa Eliach, author; Dr. Henry Feingold, Baruch
College.