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LERMAN / AMERICAN JEW ISH FICTION BOOKS
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p s t e i n
, S
e y m o u r
.
Leah.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publicadon Society,
1987. 284 p.
The 37-year-old heroine is bright, generous, lovable and single.
We learn more about her through her relationships with her par­
ents, employer, and lovers, all o f whom depend upon her. A re­
issue (Little Brown, 1964) that is part o f the Gems o f American
Jewish Literature series.
F
a r m e r
, P
e n e l o p e
.
Eve: her story.
San Francisco: Mercury House, dis­
tributed by Kampmann, 1988. 188 p.
Biblical stories, midrash, and other sources provide the basis
for this creative interpretation o f the expulsion from the Garden
o f Eden.
F
i n k
, I
d a
.
A scrap of time.
Trans, from the Polish by Madeline Levine
and Francine Prose. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. 165 p.
A haunting collection o f stories, many based on the author’s
experiences in Poland during WWII, that portray the excruciating
agony o f anticipation and the con frontations with the
unimaginable that ordinary people faced.
F
r u c h t e r
, N
o r m a n
.
Coat upon a stick.
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication
Society, 1987. 246 p.
An elderly Jewish immigrant living on the Lower East Side o f
New York is overwhelmed by memories o f his troubled relation­
ship with his son and the tensions in the synagogue he attends.
A reissue (Simon & Schuster, 1962) that is part o f the Gems o f
American Jewish Literature series.
G
l i c k m a n
, G
a r y
.
Years from now.
New York: Knopf, 1987. 263 p.
Zelda Levin tells the story o f four generations in her family,
beginning with her grandparents in the 1930s and continuing to
her son’s struggle to find a place for himself.
G
o l d b e r g
, L
e s t e r
.
In Siberia it is very cold.
New York: Dembner Books,
distributed by W.W. Norton, 1987. 221 p.
Max Schmulovicz finds his way from Zamoscz, Poland to Asiatic
Russia which he hears is warm, and where the food is plentiful.
A lyrical novel about survival during WWII in a land overflowing
with exotica and enmity.
G
o l d r e i c h
, G
l o r i a
.
West to Eden.
New York: Macmillan, 1987. 418 p.
Settling in Galveston in the late 1890s, a young Jewish immigrant
aspires to a better life. We glimpse the life o f Emma Cohen, her
marriage, business enterprises, and the problems faced in main­
taining a Jewish home in an unsupportive environment.
G
u r e w i c h
, D
a v i d
.
Travels with Dubinsky and Clive.
New York: Viking
Press, 1987. 262 p.
The author, himself a Russian Jewish emigre, writes about a
similar character attempting to adjust to the strangeness o f Amer-