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American-Jewish Fiction
L e v i n , J o n a t h a n
The Smiles Still Echo.
Bethesda, MD: Bethesda
Books, 1995. 88p.
The author, a keen observer of the human scene, presents a nostalgic col­
lection of autobiographical verses, many set in specifically Jewish contexts,
grouped along chronological lines.
M a g u n , C a r o l .
Circling Eden: A Novel ofIsrael.
Chicago Publishers, 1995. 182p.
A young woman decides to spend a year in Israel. Once there, in the free­
dom and alienation o f a culture which is strange yet part of her heritage, she
explores her own identity through her interactions and relationships with the
Israelis she meets.
O z , Am os .
Don’t Call It Night.
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995. 199p.
The story of semi-incestuous relationships in a small town in Israel in 1989.
The characters are Theo a sixty-year-old engineer, Noa, a school teacher fif­
teen years his junior and the family of one of Noa’s students.
P a l l , E l l e n .
Among the Ginsbergs.
Cambridge, MA: Zoland Books,
The book reunites the five Ginsberg siblings for aweekend with their brilliant
eccentric father who abandoned them thirty years earlier and now is dying of leu­
kemia. They gather in their Catsldll vacation home to await his imminent death.
P lESMAN, M a r i s s a .
Alternate Sides: A Nina Fischman Mystery.
York: Delacorte Press, 1995. 243p.
Part of a series of mysteries set in New York written by a woman lawyer who
handles her clues effortlessly.
R a v e l , E d e e t .
Lovers: A Midrash.
New York: NUAGE Editions,
A unique way of looking at the
Song ofSongs
and presenting a vision of love
put forth by a female narrator who employs different voices in the six divisions.
R o g e n , B a r b a r a .
Rowing in Eden.
New York: Simon & Schuster,
“Even though she’d asked for it, Sam Poliak could not help feeling guilty
the day he killed his wife.” The opening line sets the tone of the story about a
Jewish carpenter and the toll the act takes on him. The novel address the moral
and religious issues involved in euthanasia.
R o t h , H e n r y .
From Bondage.
NewYork: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.
The third volume of
Mercy of a Rude Stream,
this is the love story between
Eda Lou Walton, the NYU professor and Roth’s mentor, and the young Roth,
portrayed in the book through the characters of Edith Welles and Ira Stigman.
It is the story of a love triangle set in the literary world of the 1920s. Roth died
in 1995. Includes a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms.