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LINDA P. LERMAN
American Jewish Fiction Books
1990-1991
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America and I: short stories by American Jewish women writers.
Edited by
Joyce Antler. Boston: Beacon Press, 1990. 355 p.
Twenty-three short stories written during this century by Amer­
ican Jewish women are represented in this collection, including
Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, Edna Ferber, Fannie Hurst, Grace
Paley, Gloria Goldreich, Johanna Kaplan, Cynthia Ozick, and Su­
san Fromberg Schaeffer. Grouped by historical periods, the stories
illustrate the diverse themes and styles that are part o f the main­
stream o f American Jewish literature.
And Rachel was his wife: an anonymous manuscript.
Revised and ed. by
Marsi Tabak. Based on
Dorot harishonim
by Yitzhak Eizik Halevy.
NY: Feldheim, 1990. 305 p.
A historical novel that brings to life the personalities o f the Mish­
nah within the context o f the events o f that era. Rabbi Akiba is
the one man that emerges as the undisputed leader. The saga
is told through the journal o f Leah, lifelong friend o f Rabbi Akiba’s
wife, Rachel.
A
p p l e f e l d
, A
h a r o n
.
The Healer.
Tr. from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M.
Green. NY: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990. 220 p.
Family life in pre-WWII Vienna is the setting o f this novel that
explores the complex emotions o f a thriving factory owner, his
wife, and their son and daughter. Although no longer practicing
Jews, they make a pilgrimage to a remote Jewish hamlet in the
Carpathian Mountains to consult an old man known to be a healer.
A
r g a m a n
, S
h e m u e l
.
The Captivity of the Maharam.
Tr. from the Hebrew
by Tziril Salel. Lakewood, NJ: CIS Publishers, 1990. 130 p.
A dramatic account o f the events that led to the flight o f the
Maharam o f Rothenburg, one o f the last Rishonim, and his im­
prisonment by Rudolf o f Hapsburg, the Holy Roman Emperor.
B e c k e r ,
J
u r e k
.
Jakob
the
liar.
Tr. from the German by Leila Vennewitz.
NY: Schocken, 1990. 208 p.
It’s 1943 and Jakob is caught after a curfew. While in the cor­
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