The Here and Now

The Here and Now

by Robert Cohen
     
 

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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684831411
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
01/02/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.79(d)

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Mona Simpson
The Here and Now is a great comic storm, beautifully written, full of brilliant splashes.

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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