Here and Now

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The Here and Now is the story of a chance encounter and the tumult that ensues when opposites (or apparent ones) turn into strange attractors. Samuel Karnish, a no-longer-quite-so-young editor at a Manhattan newsmagazine, has watched his career run aground, his marriage disintegrate, and his worldview shrink almost to the vanishing point. On the flight to his best friend Warren Pinsky's third wedding, he finds himself thrust into an awkward friendship with a young Hasidic couple from Brooklyn, a friendship that ...
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Overview

The Here and Now is the story of a chance encounter and the tumult that ensues when opposites (or apparent ones) turn into strange attractors. Samuel Karnish, a no-longer-quite-so-young editor at a Manhattan newsmagazine, has watched his career run aground, his marriage disintegrate, and his worldview shrink almost to the vanishing point. On the flight to his best friend Warren Pinsky's third wedding, he finds himself thrust into an awkward friendship with a young Hasidic couple from Brooklyn, a friendship that leads him on a strange and provocative odyssey and sends him reeling in the direction of what may be his truest self. As we are drawn in to the lives of this unlikely threesome, we see the moral confusions and crossed purposes that threaten believers and nonbelievers alike with estrangement from others and themselves.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A disaffected New Yorker finds his life changed by a chance encounter with an Orthodox Jewish couple. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Samuel Karnish, a science editor for a New York newsmagazine, needs a focus. His marriage has failed, his current relationship has soured, and his job is suffering the onset of devolution. On a plane to Houston to attend a friend's third wedding, Karnish meets Aaron and Magda Brenner, who are Hasidic Jews. The Brenners befriend Karnish, who is half-Jewish, and an awkward friendship ensues. Angst-filled Karnish is seeking a niche of his own. The Brenners have ritual and a traditional religious outlook, and are part of their Hasidic enclave in Brooklyn. Childless in a community where fecundity is greatly valued, the Brenners are going to Houston to seek fertility help for Aaron. Magda eventually becomes involved with Karnish in an unlikely set of circumstances. Although Cohen's (The Organ Builder, LJ 6/15/88) story is sadly lacking in verisimilitude, he does examine believers and nonbelievers and their respective lifestyles and what happens when they intermingle in an exuberant, often comic way. For larger public libraries.-Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, Md.
Joanne Wilkinson
This warm, philosophical comedy focuses on the transformation of Samuel Karnish. Stalled in his career at a Manhattan magazine, divorced, and currently mired in a destructive relationship, Sam is beginning to feel that his life lacks direction. On the airplane flight to the third wedding of his best friend, he meets a Hasidic couple, Aaron and Magda Brenner, and this chance encounter blossoms into an unlikely friendship. Attracted to the sexy, enigmatic Magda and intrigued by Aaron's intelligence and strong faith, Sam begins to emerge from his fugue state as he feels his life expand. He stands up his girlfriend to eat dinner at the Brenners', where he and Aaron drink Scotch and argue about God. He drives Magda to a "bris", where they smoke dope and he faints. In the end, it's almost as if they've switched places: Aaron is left confused as Magda takes off for Israel with Sam in pursuit. This insightful novel has many hilarious, unexpected moments, and Sam is a wholly contemporary creation: an aging, agnostic, deeply ambivalent boomer who finally gives in to his urge to commit to something.
Anne Roiphe
[Cohen] makes the heart beat faster, he makes you roar with laughter, he makes you feel the hot breath of the real thing, good writing, on your neck.
The Jerusalem Report
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684815619
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 1/31/1996
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.73 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Cohen is the author of three previous novels, The Organ Builder, The Here and Now, and Inspired Sleep, and a collection of short stories. Winner of a Lila Atcheston Wallace -Reader's Digest Writers Award, the Ribalow Prize, The Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Award, he has published short fiction in a variety of publications -- including Harpers, GQ, The Paris Review and Ploughshares. He has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Harvard University, and Middlebury College. He lives in Vermont.
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