Stern

Stern

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by Bruce Jay Friedman
     
 

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Grove Press continues the reissue of Bruce Jay Friedman's critically acclaimed fiction with two classic novels by the comedic genius. Friedman's first novel, Stern, tells the story of a young Jewish man who relocates his family from the city to the suburbs, where they are besieged by voracious caterpillars and a bigotry that ranges from the genteel snub to

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Grove Press continues the reissue of Bruce Jay Friedman's critically acclaimed fiction with two classic novels by the comedic genius. Friedman's first novel, Stern, tells the story of a young Jewish man who relocates his family from the city to the suburbs, where they are besieged by voracious caterpillars and a bigotry that ranges from the genteel snub to outright confrontation.

Editorial Reviews

Village Voice
This is cruel, sadistic stuff, and helplessly funny... One laughs because Stern is so relentlessly naive and also because he is so right, which brings pain. Stern is -black humor is- the retelling of Job. Only this Job gets an ulcer instead of a benediction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802197436
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
417 KB

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Stern 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TSnyder More than 1 year ago
This is a world class comedic novel, an absolute MUST READ. Brutal and vicious,  Friedman paints a portrait of the anxieties of suburban life, pushing the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. I think that in today's politically correct world, some people may feel confused by the humor. An example of this comes when Stern tosses around the idea of killing his child, eventually deciding against it but relishing the fantasy. None of these anecdotes are meant to be taken seriously, as Friedman is using Stern as a caricature while also poking fun at middle class America. Anyway, do not pass on the opportunity to read this novel; it's as good as it gets!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I had read that it was very very funny. I was so looking forward to reading it but was disappointed. I didn't get it.