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in aMiami Beach condominium. Her encounters with her new neighbors, suit­
ors and new circumstances are depicted with humor and insight.
F in k ,
I d a .
A Scrap of Time and Other Stories.
Evanston,
IL:
Northwest­
ern University Press, 1995. 165p.
Translated from the Polish, this collection of stories about life in Poland
during World War II focuses on mundane trials for survival.
F r o s t , M a r k .
The Six Messiahs.
New York: Wm. Morrow, 1995,404p.
This novel employs Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, as
the protagonist. Doyle is enroute to a book tour in America, along with his
brother, an Irish priest, when they become involved with thieves who are at­
tempting to steal avaluable piece of the ship’s cargo,
theBook ofZohar.
T o solve
the mystery, Doyle comes in contact with all kinds of characters while at the
same time confronting turn-of-the-century America. This novel brings forth
interesting information about the
Kabbalah.
F u r s t , P e t e r .
Don Quixote in Exile.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern Uni­
versity Press, 1996. 208p.
Autobiographical novel of a German Jewish refugee during the Nazi era.
The book is organized as a series of vignettes that take place in the different
venues where the author tries to find a haven, while at the same time making a
living as a sports reporter.
G o l d s t e i n , R e b e c c a .
Mazel.
N e w
York: Viking, 1995. 357p.
Winner of the 1995
National Jewish Book Awardfor Fiction,
this is the story
of three generations of women viewed through their interaction and their par­
ticular environment. Goldstein touches on questions of chance and coinci­
dence as they affect one’s life andJewish identity and ritual as they impact upon
each of the women. Pheobe, the Princeton professor, newly married into an
observant family, triggers a return to the past for her grandmother who was
born in a shted in Poland.
G o o d m a n , A l l e g r a .
The Family Markowitz.
New York: Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 1996. 272p.
The book is a series of narratives that follow the fortunes of three genera­
tions of an American Jewish family keeping tabs on the matriarch, Rose
Markowitz, and her descendants through a death, two marriages and a host of
lesser crises.
H a r e v e n , S h u l a m i t h .
Thirst: The Desert Trilogy.
San Francisco,
CA: Mercury House, 1996. 186p.
Set in the Biblical period, this volume contains three novellas about trying
to reach the Promised Land and explores the relationships of the individual,
God and society.
H a r t o v , S t e v e n .
The Nylon Hand of God.
New York: Wm. Morrow,
1996.
468p.