House Of Moses All-Stars


An all-Jewish basketball team barnstorms across Depression-era americanca, confronting prejudice and point-shaving in this “some-times agonizing, frequently hilarious” novel (Chicago Tribune) by “the game’s foremost chronicler” (Wall Street Journal).

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The House of Moses All-Stars: A Novel

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An all-Jewish basketball team barnstorms across Depression-era americanca, confronting prejudice and point-shaving in this “some-times agonizing, frequently hilarious” novel (Chicago Tribune) by “the game’s foremost chronicler” (Wall Street Journal).

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
A tale of much more than sport. Rosen gives us a sometimes agonizing, often hilarious journey through American history, and a poignant account of what keeps a man running.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rosen's novel conjures a believable America of hobos and peroxide waitresses, striking workers and vigilantes, communists and point-shaving athletes, small-town rubes and bigoted boobs...Rosen also knows that sport can likewise provide the material for first-rate fiction.
LA Weekly
One of the top sports books of 1996.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a premise that sounds like an urban legend, college basketball coach Rosen launches his seventh book on basketball (after the novel The Cockroach Basketball League), taking readers on a wild road trip in a renovated hearse with "seven jumbo Jews." In the midst of the Depression, Aaron Steiner joins a Jewish professional basketball team, the House of Moses All-Stars, on a cross-country tour from New York to California. In addition to Aaron, who joined the team after losing his baby, his wife and his dreams of basketball success, the players in the hearse include a Communist, a Zionist, a bank robber and a redheaded Irishman posing as a Jew. All are running from problems at home and hope to be "an example or something." But the boys get lost before they leave N.Y.C.-and, unfortunately, so does the reader. Set against the hardship and fear of the times, the novel seems to hope to explore what it means to be an outsider in America. Yet, while Rosen is long on road-trip atmosphere (bored waitresses, lukewarm bowls of oatmeal and dank locker rooms), he is short on character development and plot. A string of racial epithets and stereotypes, for example, is what constitutes an exploration of racism here. The narrative is littered with sophomoric sex jokes and lame vulgarities: "Looking back, I can hardly recall anything that I learned in my classroom. Oh yes... from my anatomy class-the handbone connected to the dick bone"-a joke that provides an apt, if unfortunate, metaphor for the spirit of this novel. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The title characters are seven teammates on a barnstorming Jewish basketball team during the Depression. They leave the Bronx knowing that they will be anomalies across America's heartland, which they count on to draw crowds. Conveniently diverse individuals themselves, including an Irishman pretending to be Jewish, they find plenty of opportunities for discussion with one another and the people they meet about getting along, pursuing dreams, and being outsiders at a time when many Americans viewed Jews with suspicion or disdain. There's also lots of good hoop action, as one would expect from Rosen, who has coached and written widely about the sport (e.g., The Cockroach Basketball League, Donald I. Fine, 1992. o.p.). This often funny and touching tale is recommended for public libraries.-Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156005708
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: Harvest
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Charley Rosen

Charley Rosen, the coauthor with Phil Jackson of Maverick (1975) and More Than a Game (2001), is a past player and coach of several Continental Basketball Association (CBA) teams and a noted sportswriter and novelist. Rosen is currently the chief NBA columnist for

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