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B
e r m a n t
, C
h a i m
.
Titch.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987. 191
p .
This is the first installment in a trilogy about the hardships and
fortunes o f Sammy Hoch, known as Titch to his Yiddish speaking
family. A likable and memorable character o f Polish background,
Titch spends the war in a Polish army regiment stationed in Britain
as an acolyte to an apostate rabbi.
B
u t t e n w i e s e r
, P
a u l
.
Their pride and joy.
New York: Delacorte Press,
1987. 442 p.
The children o f this wealthy and influential New York German-
Jewish family are nearly o f f on their own. Parental encouragement
and control keep a close watch over Phil, a recent law school grad­
uate, Carl, an average musician still in adolescence, and Joan, a
college student with a mysterious illness.
D
e e m
, A
r i e l l a
.
Jerusalem plays hide and seek.
Trans, from the Hebrew
with an afterword by Nelly Segal. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication
Society, 1987. 143 p.
An enchanting tale o f pre-modern Jerusalem during the last
century.
D
er
N
i s t e r
.
The family Mashber.
Trans, from the Yiddish by Leonard
Wolf. New York: Summit Books, 1987. 688 p.
Der Nister, the Hidden One, is the pseudonym o f Pinhas
Kahanovich, the Russian Yiddish writer. Through its in depth
characterizations, this powerful epic traces the fortunes and ruin
o f the Mashber family in the 19th century Ukraine.
E
a s t e r m a n
, D
a n i e l
.
The seventh sanctuary.
Garden City, N.Y.:
Doubleday, 1987. 444 p.
Th is murder mystery finds David Rosen, an American
archeologist, joining forces with a beautiful Palestinian guide to
solve the murders o f Rosen’s parents and colleagues. The murders
are part o f a scheme intended to bring about the destruction o f
Israel and the rebirth o f the Nazi Reich.
E
l k i n
, S
t a n l e y
.
The rabbi of Lud.
New York: Scribner, 1987, 277 p.
Officiating at funeral services is Rabbi Jerry Goldkorn’s business
in this small New Jersey town noted for its many cemeteries. Black
humor pervades this character study which won an award from
the National Critics Book Circle.
E
n g e l
, H
o w a r d
.
A city called July.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.
284 p.
Private eye Benny Cooperman is called in to assist the rabbi
and president o f the synagogue in tracking down a respected law­
yer who has disappeared with the life savings o f half the synagogue
members. Local politics and murder entangle the congregation
and Cooperman in public scandal.