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Fiction and Poetry
Books, 1995-19961
A b r a h a m , P e a r l .
The Romance Reader.
New York: Riverhead Books,
Rachel, the heroine, takes the reader into the insulated community o f Ha­
sidic girls and women which she sees as one filled with threats of prohibition
and sin, and with inordinate emphasis on what the neighbors will say. Rachel’s
escape from the closed world is through reading romance novels, hence the
book’s title and the catalyst to intense scrutiny of her life.
A d l e r , W a r r e n .
Never Too Late for Love.
Publ, 1995. 288p.
Fifteen stories of life in a predominently Jewish retirement village in Flori­
da embody the full range of human emotions and passions. The author shakes
off the myths of old-age with stories that are bittersweet and show that age en­
hances, rather than diminishes, the urge to participate in life.
A g n o n ,
S .Y . ,
A Book That Was Lost and Other Stories.
Alan Mintz and
Anne Golomb Hoffman, eds. New York: Schocken Books, 1995. 43 6p.
A collection o f Agnon’s fiction compiled to assist the reading public to over­
come some of the difficulties in reading a text containing symbols, references
and allusions not readily accessible to the average reader. The stories show a
combined appreciation for Jewish traditions with a modern approach to the
role of the individual in society.
A l e i c h e m , S h o l o m .
The Song of Songs.
New York: Simon &
Schuster, 1996. 112p.
In a rendition of a moving love story, the famous Sholom Aleichem power­
fully relates the trials and tribulations of Shimek and his beloved Buzie. The
book also features Jeanette Olender’s illustrations.
B e n i g , I r v i n g .
The Messiah Stones: A Novel for the Millenium.
York: Villard Books, 1995. 294p.
A mystery based on a secret bequeathed by the protagonist’s father that re-
1. Includes translations.
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