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1988 NationalJewish Book Awards
CH ILDREN 'S L ITERATURE
A
n i t a
a n d
M
a r t i n
S
h a p o l s k y
A
w a r d
,
presented by Barbara
Cohen.
The Return,
by Sonia Levitin (Atheneum)
The story o f Desta, a twelve-year-old Ethiopian girl who is
part o f Operation Moses, the airlift o f Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel.
With careful attention to the customs and natural setting o f
the country, Sonia Levitin has written a fast-paced and gripping
account o f the girl’s survival, both from hatred o f the govern­
ment and from unrelenting Nature. With excellent dialogue
and characterization, this moving story reveals a gentle people
with enormous faith and courage.
CONTEMPORARY JEW ISH L IFE
M
u r ie l
a n d
P
h i l
B
e r m a n
A
w a r d
,
presented
by
William
Helmreich.
Mixed Blessings: Marriage Between Jews and Christians,
by Paul
Cowan with Rachel Cowan (Doubleday)
An excellent book on a difficult subject. The Cowans have
handled a delicate subject with sensitivity and great insight.
Drawing upon their own experiences as well as those o f hun­
dreds o f other intermarried couples, their sobering and pen­
etrating analysis mixes hope and compassion with an equally
necessary dose o f realism about the problems and challenges
confronting such couples.
F ICT ION
W
i l l ia m
a n d
J
a n ic e
E
p s t e in
A
w a r d
,
presented
by
Benjamin
Nelson.
The Counterlife
by Philip Roth (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
In
The Counterlife,
Philip Roth returns to Nathan Zuckerman,
the beleaguered writer who has been the protagonist o f previous
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