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o f 19 short stories that address the issues o f being gay and Jewish
in a sensitive, honest, and non-judgemental manner. The charac­
ters find personal fulfillment in Judaism.
Shaking Eve’s tree: short stories o f Jewish women.
Ed. and with an intro­
duction by Sharon Niederman. Phila.: Jewish Publication Society,
1990. 279 p.
An anthology o f seventeen short stories by contemporary Jewish
women writers on the experience o f being Jewish and female in
America today. Many focus on mother-daughter relationships and
ways o f creating healthy relationships within the family.
S
i n g e r
, I
sa a c
B
a s h e v i s
.
Scum.
Tr. by Rosaline Dukalsky Schwartz. NY:
Farrar Straus Giroux, 1991. 217 p.
Protagonist Max Barabander returns from a resettled life in
Buenos Aires to the underworld o f Warsaw in 1906. There he
faces the dichotomy between the dictates o f religion and his sensual
nature.
W
e i l
, J
i r i
.
Mendelssohn is on the roof.
Tr. from the Czech
b y
Marie
Winn. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1991. 221 p.
While Prague withers under Nazi occupation, a statue o f the
Jewish composer atop a building offends the Acting Reich Pro­
tector and must be removed. At the same time, the Jewish citizens
o f Prague face the same fate.