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LINDA P. LERMAN
American Jewish Fiction Books
1991-1992
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A
r id j i s
, H
o m e r o
.
1492 : The life and times ofJuan Cabezon of Castile
T r.
from the Spanish by Betty Ferber. New York: Summit Books,
1991. 285 p.
Juan Cabezon, a descendent of converted Jews, falls in love with
Isabel de la Vega, who has been sentenced to death by the In­
quisition. When she vanishes, he searches for her across Spain
traveling to the Jewish communities and the center of the Inqui­
sition.
B
a r k h o r d a r
-N
a h a i
, G
in a
.
Cry of the peacock.
New York: Crown, 1991.
341 p.
A combination of history, myth and magical realism is employed
to portray the story of the Jews of Iran as seen in the fortunes
and tragedies of one family. The novel begins in the late 18th
century and continues through Khomeini’s Islamic revolution.
B
r i s k in
, M
a e
.
The tree still stands.
New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1991.
254 p.
Told through the eyes of the Levy’s seven-year-old daughter,
Ruth, the novel follows the Levy’s flight from Warsaw in 1939
through the south of France and the journey on foot to Italy.
The family separates, some to join the resistance while others go
into hiding.
E
lm a n
, R
ic h a r d
.
Tar beach.
Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1991.
273 p.
It is a scorching August afternoon in Brooklyn in 1947, and
a group of Jews gather on the tarred roof of their synagogue
and community center to tan and enjoy some talk. This thin slice
o f life follows the day’s significant changes in the rhythms of
Brooklynese, Yiddish and Hebrew.
E
p s t e in
, J
o s e p h
.
The Goldin boys.
New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1991.
221 p.
Nine short stories are woven from the rich experience of fam­
ilies, lovers and money. The majority are first person narratives
* A number of translations are included.
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