Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Overview

The first American Jewish anthology in a decade to include both established masters and the newest generation of gifted storytellers.

The authors gathered here represent contemporary American Jewish fiction at its best. Drawn from the renowned rooftop reading series at Ansche Chesed, a synagogue on the Upper West Side in New York City, Scribblers on the Roof brings together revered masters, such as Cynthia Ozick, Lore Segal, and Max Apple, ...
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Overview

The first American Jewish anthology in a decade to include both established masters and the newest generation of gifted storytellers.

The authors gathered here represent contemporary American Jewish fiction at its best. Drawn from the renowned rooftop reading series at Ansche Chesed, a synagogue on the Upper West Side in New York City, Scribblers on the Roof brings together revered masters, such as Cynthia Ozick, Lore Segal, and Max Apple, with gifted newcomers, including Pearl Abraham, Jon Papernick, and Dara Horn. Whether set in New York, Jerusalem, Moscow, or in Paradise, their stories—funny, tragic, sensuous, surprising—sparkle with originality, vitality, and chutzpah.

Among the other contributors are Jonathan Ames, Myra Goldberg, Ken Kalfus, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Jonathan Levi, Mary Morris, Sonia Pilcer, Jonathan Rosen, Norma Rosen, Lucy Rosenthal, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Steve Stern, and Aryeh Lev Stollman.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553266
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 7/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 896,690
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author of Strange Fire and five other books of fiction and the editor of two previous anthologies. He is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. David G. Roskies is professor of Yiddish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling and editor-in-chief of the New Yiddish Library. Bukiet and Roskies live equidistant from the crosswalk on Broadway and 111th Street in Manhattan, where they put together this book.
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Table of Contents

The seven fat brides 3
Looking for the answers 17
"The eighth day" 21
Elvis, Axl, and me 35
Gifts 45
Readers Digest 49
Pu-239 59
Faith is a girl's name 85
The scrimshaw violin 91
The hall of the meteorites 111
Stone 125
An unwelcome guest 157
"Paskudnyak" 177
First date 191
What must I say to you? 203
Solid food 217
Mrs. Saunders writes to the world 221
The reverse bug 237
Lazar Malkin enters heaven 255
Mr. Mitochondria 269
Where writers matter : an afterword 285
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