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told by a diverse group of older Jewish men in a world of Chicago
street smarts and worldliness.
F
e in s t e in
, E
l a in e
.
The survivors. New York: Viking Penguin, 1991.
317 p.
This novel follows the fortunes of two Russian Jewish families
who settle in Liverpool at the turn of the century. One family
is Orthodox, scholarly and poor. The other family is socially mo­
bile, choosing material gain and assimilation. The families’ lives
become intertwined through the world wars, Depression, and the
rise of British fascism.
K
o t l o w i t z
, R
o b e r t
.
His master’s voice.
New York: Knopf, 1992. 338
P-
The cantor of a Baltimore congregation in the 1940s, Sigmund
Safer is troubled for being a closet agnostic, having lustful desires
as well as memories of his childhood in Poland where his sisters
remained. This understated drama portrays a Jewish community’s
confrontation with acculturation and the need to remain faithful
to oneself.
L
a b o v it z
, A
n n e t e
and
L
a b o v it z
, E
u g e n e
.
A touch of heaven: eternal
stories for Jewish living.
Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1991. 287
P-
This collection of tales, biographies of the holy masters, and
Torah thoughts provides words of wisdom and motivation to strive
for the highest potential in life. It follows the structure of the
authors’ previous work,
Time for My Soul.
L
id z
, F
r a n z
.
Unstrung heroes.
New York: Random House, 1991. 194
P-
An autobiographical comic novel of the author’s coming of age
in Washington Heights under the tutelage of “four impossible un­
cles.”
M
a t t is o n
, A
l i c e
.
Field of stars.
New York: Morrow, 1991. 253 p.
Susan Sternfeld, raised in postwar Brooklyn by her doting
grandparents, is the only child of a broken marriage. The focus
on her development into adulthood and consideration of available
choices of how to shape her life strongly echo
Marjorie Momingstar.
M
e t t e r
, I
s r a e l
.
The fifth comer of the room.
T r . from the Russian by
Michael Duncan. New York: Farrar, 1991. 182 p.
The well-known Russian author draws upon his own Jewish
identity and experience as a teacher of mathematics to portray
life under Stalin. Written before 1964, the novel was published
in the Soviet Union in 1983.
M
in c o
, M
a r g a
.
An empty house.
T r . from the Dutch by Margaret Clegg.
Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, 1991. 151 p.
Set primarily in occupied Netherlands, Sepha like other Jews