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Like the other stories in the volume, it is handled with insight,
humor and humanity.
o i p h e
, A
n n e
The pursuit of happiness.
New York: Summit Books, 1991.
473 p.
The saga of the Gruenbaum family unfolds with the family’s
immigration to America in 1892 and the building of an empire
in the rag trade. By the fifth generation, members of the family
are living in Israel. The center of the story is Hedy, who is imbued
with the pragmatic idealism of the Gruenbaums.
c h r e i b e r
, M
o r d e c a i
The rabbi and the nun.
New York: Shengold Pub­
lishers, 1991. 253 p.
Congregational life in suburban Ohio finds Rabbi Joshua Kaye
confronting the issues of materialism. Returning to his roots in
Los Angeles, he finds a kindred spirit in Sister Eve. They share
doubts about faith and organization religion and attempt to find
a meaningful existence in Guatemala as social activists.
c h w a r t z
, S
h e i l a
Imagine a great white light.
Wainscott, NY: Pushcart
Press, 1991. 287 p.
This collection of short stories describes the tense and often
unbearable tangles of love and guilt among members of several
neurotic families.
h a h a m
, N
a t h a n
The Rosendorf quartet.
T r. by Dalya Bilu. New York;
Grove Weidenfeld, 1991. 357 p.
Four Jewish refugees from Germany meet in Palestine in 1936
and form a string quartet. Their stories are told in five chapters,
consisting of the journals o f the four musicians and Egon
Loewenthal, a writer who attends their rehearsals. A sensitive work
about the subtle effect the personal lives and relationships of the
musicians have on their music. Winner of the 1992 National Jewish
Award for fiction.
h a l e v
, M
e i r
The blue mountain.
T r . from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin.
New York: Aaron Asher Books/Harper Collins, 1991. 375 p.
Four idealistic young Jews left Russia at the turn of the century
to settle in the Promised Land to farm the Jezreel Valley. The
novel focuses on the characters, the three men, Mirkin, Tsirkin,
and Liberson, and the young woman, Feyge, whom they all love.
h o l em
l e i c h e m
The bloody hoax.
T r. from the Yiddish by Aliza
Shevrin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. 373 p.
A dramatic, political and socially relevant novel modeled on the
1911 Beilis blood libel case. The plot becomes twisted when two
high school friends, one Jewish the other Russian, trade identities
and experience the benefits and prejudices of the other.
a y l o r
, E
l i s a b e t h
u s s e l l
Chester Springs, PA: Dufour,
1991. 136 p.