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LERMAN/AMERICAN JEWISH FICTION BOOKS
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S c h a c h n o w i t z , S e l i g .
Fire in the sky.
Trans, by M.L. Mashinsky. New
York: N.T.T.S. Pubns., dist. by Philipp Feldheim, 1984. 274 p.
This tale o f Jewish life in the early eighteenth century Frankfort
Jewish ghetto finds Elsa, a rabbi’s daughter, betrothed to rabbinical
student Aryeh Loeb. Aryeh works as a traveling messenger and is
captured by bandits. When Aryeh is declared “dead,” the rabbis
attempt to solve the issue o f Elsa’s marital status.
S e g a l , L o r e .
Her first American.
New York: Knopf, 1985. 287 p.
As a youngjewish refugee from Europe, like Weissinix is brought
to America by her cousin in the early 1950s. Just twenty-one and still
naive, like journeys to the West to learn about the new land. It is in
“Cowtown, Nevada” that she meets middle-aged Carter Bayeaux, a
Blackjournalist who offers to teach her about America. Written with
sensitivity and humor.
S h o lom A le i c h em .
Nightingale.
Trans, by Aliza Shevrin. New York:
Putnam, 1985. 240 p.
This novel, subtitled “The Saga o f Yosele Solovey the Cantor,”
follows the successful Jewish musician from the religious Eastern
European community which nurtured him, to the tempting possibil­
ities o f the secular world. A timeless story o f relationships and con­
flicts.
S in g e r , I s a a c B a s h e v i s .
Gifts.
Trans, by Deborah Menashe, et al.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society o f America, 1985. 122 p.
A collection o f six o f the Nobel Prize winner’s previously unpub­
lished stories. One o f these, “The Trap,” also appears in the original
Yiddish. The introduction offers insight into the author’s feelings
about writing.
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The image and other stories.
Trans, by the author, Lester
Goran, et al. New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1985. 310 p.
Each o f these twenty-two stories entertains although their charac­
ters are less comic than in previous collections. They are their own
victims, exploiting others, overly indulging in passions and always
waiting for divine retribution.
T
ammuz
, B
enjamin
.
The orchard.
Trans, by Richard Flantz. Providence,
RI: Copper Beech Press, dist. by Persea Books, 1984. 88 p.
Set in Palestine during the period spanning the final days o f Otto­
man rule to the Sinai Campaign o f 1956, this novel focuses on broth­
ers representing two separate worlds, one a Jew and the other a
Muslim.
Y a t e s ,
W.R.
Diasporah.
New York: Baen Books, 1985. 307 p.
A fast-paced novel o f space intrigue finds the hero Paul Green­
berg on a United Nations mission to investigate a mystery at the Isra­
eli colony on the far side o f the moon. The investigation turns
inward as Greenberg for the first time confronts his heritage.