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Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven

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The nine stories in this collection all share either the theme or the setting of the mythical Jewish neighborhood of North Maine Street in the author's native Memphis, Tenn. He writes about mischievous cheder boys who try to lead a lamedvovnik into temptation, of the Lord bullying Morton Gruber into a book collaboration, and of his Aunt Esther's very strange, literally unworldly, suitor.
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Overview

The nine stories in this collection all share either the theme or the setting of the mythical Jewish neighborhood of North Maine Street in the author's native Memphis, Tenn. He writes about mischievous cheder boys who try to lead a lamedvovnik into temptation, of the Lord bullying Morton Gruber into a book collaboration, and of his Aunt Esther's very strange, literally unworldly, suitor.
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Jewish Book World
All of the stories in this collection have a common relationship, either by setting or allusion, to the whimsically dangerous North Main Street neighborhood of Pinch -- a mystical Jewish area perched atop the river bluff in Memphis. Here the voice of God rises up from gas burners and out of pay phones and more. Here is a place in which a host of very different characters share a common tendency to ignore the usually agreed-upon bonds of reality.
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``It was the summer we spent on the roof, spying on our neighbors across the street'': so begins the first of these nine stories about Jewish life on mythical North Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee. This story goes on to tell how the narrator and his teenaged buddies devise an elaborate scheme to proveor fatally disprovethat Moishe Purim, who for hours piously sways over an open scripture, is a Jewish saint, a lamed vovnik. In the title story, the narrator's stubborn father-in-law refuses to die until the Angel of Death carries him away, still kicking and trying to strike a bargain. Stern does for North Main what Mordecai Richler did for St. Urbain's Street, what Saul Bellow did for Chicago, and what Bernard Malamud did for New York: he makes it reel with life, humor, and, sometimes, wild outrageousness. Recommended. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free lib., Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140109481
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1989
  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Moishe the Just 1
Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven 25
The Gramophone 41
The Lord and Morton Gruber 59
Shimmele Fly-by-Night 87
Aaron Makes a Match 113
Leonard Shapiro Banished from Dreams 141
The Book of Mordecai 165
The Ghost and Saul Bozoff 183
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