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American-Jewish Fiction
The spy thriller opens with a suicide bomber ‘s attack on the Israeli consu­
late in New York which leads to a story which includes prisoner exchange ne­
gotiations and an attempt by a German woman terrorist to disrupt the Middle
East peace process.
A timely selection in 1996.
H e r t o g s , S am
and
R i c h a r d B a r n a r d .
The Price ofAshes.
New
York: Louis Hubbard Publishing, 1995.
Amalie Stein-Metzdorf, her husband and son are the characters in this nov­
el which spans the decades of the rise of Hider, the war years and beyond. All
the historical events are incorporated in this novel of the horrific years o f the
Nazi scourge.
I s l e r , A l a n
.Kraven Images.
Bridgehampton, NY: BridgeWorks, 1996.
Nicholas Kraven, the 40 year old protagonist, flees an unpromising future
in post-war England by posing as his dead cousin. In America he becomes a
college professor in the name of his cousin. In this comic-novel set in the 70s,
adventures and misadventures follow. The
Kraven Images
that haunt Nicholas
are memories of untimely and often bizarre deaths of family members, despite
their safe flight from Nazi Germany. The long arm of the Holocaust again
reaches out.
J e n ,
G i s h
.
Mona in the Promised Land.
New York: Alfred Knopf, 1996.
304p.
It is 1968 and Mona, a first generation Chinese-American has just moved
with her family to the Westchester, NY suburb of Scarshill. She negotiates be­
tween the expectations of the more traditional Chinese family and the larger
American culture and finds herself attached to the Judaism of many of her
peers.
J o s i p o v i c i , G a b r i e l .
In a Hotel Garden.
New York: New Directions,
1995. 148p.
The narrator is haunted by his encounter with a woman he meets while on
vacation in Europe. Her quest to uncover her family’s pre-Holocaust life leads
him to ruminate on the vagueness of his own life, and the fragility of human
connections. The story unfolds in a series of conversations which break the
chronological sequence and emphasize the sense of missed opportunity.
K a t z , D a v i d
andPETER LovENHEiM,eds
.ReadingBetween theLines
New Storiesfrom the Bible.
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996. 21 lp.
The fifty pieces appear as stories, poems, letters, a lullaby, a lawyer’s oral ar­
gument and even a rap song. Contemporary themes predominate as for example
Jewish feminists have found midrash to be a perfect means to speak for women
in the Bible. The contributors form a “who’s who” in Jewish storytelling.
K e l l e r m a n , F a y e .
Prayers for the Dead.
New York:
Wm .
Morrow,
1996. 416p.
Another thriller in the Kellerman mystery series involving the modern Or-