"The novella — that form of fiction pitched somewhere between the limits of a short story and the roominess of a novel — isn't so hard to find so long as you know where to look..."
—The Memphis Flyer
"Steve Stern’s novella is destined to become a Jewish-American classic. It’s that good."
—Sanford Pinsker, Jbooks
Praise for Steve Stern....
“I am a zealous admirer of his one-of-a-kind imagination and magical sentences.”
"To be a true inheritor of a tradition carries with it the responsibility of expanding that tradition and keeping it vital. … Steve Stern does both. Only a writer with a deep reverence for and a connection with the ancient story-telling power of his rich folkloric sources could concoct the often irreverently comic twists that distinguish these genuinely marvelous – and always vital – stories.”
“Steve Stern’s The Angel of Forgetfulness carries me back to Chaim Grade and Moshe Ben Halpern, glories of Yiddish-American literature in my far-off youth. Alternating between outrageousness and wonder, Stern composes with verve and nerve. He is a throwback to the Yiddish sublime.”
"Touching, funny and dizzying as well as delicate in its virtuosity."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Stern has tapped a direct bloodline, creating an important work of deep themes, soaring language and serious implications that is also unceasingly entertaining."
—Alana Newhouse, The Los Angeles Times
"These seven stories, written with great brio, portray zany Jewish family life ever so slightly haunted by demons. Steve Stern may be a late practitioner of the genre [of Yiddish folklore] but he is an expert one. Whiplash sentences, lots of energy and charm."