There Is No Other [NOOK Book]

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From the streets of modern Israel to the barrooms of Brooklyn to a suburban New England synagogue, the characters in these 10 stories search for love and acceptance in a world scarred by loss and loneliness. In “The Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim,” an Iraq war veteran sees a vision of the Virgin Mary on the eve of the Jewish high holidays. In “My Darling Sweetheart Baby,” a working-class drunk waits on his stoop for his disability check and the courage to proclaim his love to a local prostitute. And in the ...

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There Is No Other

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Overview

From the streets of modern Israel to the barrooms of Brooklyn to a suburban New England synagogue, the characters in these 10 stories search for love and acceptance in a world scarred by loss and loneliness. In “The Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim,” an Iraq war veteran sees a vision of the Virgin Mary on the eve of the Jewish high holidays. In “My Darling Sweetheart Baby,” a working-class drunk waits on his stoop for his disability check and the courage to proclaim his love to a local prostitute. And in the title story “There Is No Other,” a rage-filled Jewish boy, tormented by his African lineage, arrives at a school Purim party dressed as the prophet Mohammed. Magical, erotic, spiritually penetrating and terrifyingly realistic, these provocative tales continue the storytelling tradition of Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, and Nathan Englander.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A second collection of powerful stories by Papernick (The Ascent of Eli Israel) pursues the conflicted inner turmoil of Jews caught in a modern maelstrom. The chilling title story, set during Purim in a New York City Jewish school, pits a well-meaning, beleaguered young teacher against one of his disaffected charges, the angry half-Haitian Junius Barker, who comes to class dressed as a suicide-bombing prophet Mohammed and challenges the teacher to explain why the Jews are the chosen people. In "A Kiss for Mrs. Fisch," a 40-year-old businessman on his first trip to Israel and his first time away from his mother, decides to get a wife, but finds himself swimming uncomfortably between American materialism and ritualistic Judaism. In "The Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim," a shell-shocked Iraqi war victim offered work at a Boston-area synagogue believes he sees the imprint of the Madonna in a pulpit, setting off a firestorm between Christian pilgrims and bewildered Jews. And in "The Last Five-Year Plan," the millionaire developer protagonist hits on a brilliant idea to establish accord between Israelis and Palestinians: he'll introduce them to baseball. Papernick's new collection is tight and fearless. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Papernick’s penetrating, clear-sighted stories ring true." —New York Times Book Review

"It is Papernick’s sense of the surreal, his dark humor and his consciousness of the deep roots of Jewish and Muslim culture that distinguish this collection."  —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

"An utterly original writer—one who doesn't rely on gimmicks, but rather on amazingly real characters and consistently page-turning plots."  —Dara Horn, author, In the Image

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550961614
  • Publisher: Exile Editions
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Papernick is a writer-in-residence at Emerson College and the author of The Ascent of Eli Israel and Who By Fire, Who By Blood. He lives in Boston.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

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    There Is No Other Leaves You Wanting More

    Kudos to Jon Papernick for expanding the very definition of contemporary Jewish writing with his latest entry, There Is No Other. Each of his nine short stories brilliantly peeks through the curtains of Jewish life and exposes various conflicted Jewish souls in search of greater meaning. With sympathetic characters and unpredictable endings, Papernick engages you in his stories to the degree that you don't even realize that he's actually teaching you about Judaism in the process. A parents note: Some of these stories contain sexual or violent theme. Stories such as Skin for Skin and There Is No Other are still suitable for most young adults; however some, such as My Darling Sweetheart Baby and What Is it Then, Between Us? contain explicit adult content that might not be suitable for all teens.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    Holy crap, this rocked!

    This book was captivating and held my attention the whole way through (and I'm ADD). The stories were to the point and didn't waste any words. They encapsulated modern American Judaism in an amazingly compressed fashion. Although many of the stories were Jewish-themed, I also enjoyed that there were non-Jewish related stories, especially What Is It Then, Between Us. It pulled me into the nitty gritty of Brooklyn, NY and the human aspect of the relationships between the main characters. The book felt complete and satisfying, and I was impressed by the honesty and variety of subjects covered in this short but potent book. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a view into the many aspects of contemporary Judaism. Papernick has arrived as an important voice in short fiction. I cannot wait to read his next book.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    A phenomenal book of short stories

    I loved this book. My favorite story was "Skin for Skin" as it had both Jewish themes and humor. Another story I liked was "A Kiss for Mrs. Fisch" which was touching and was also funny.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    New, innovative ideas in a unique Jewish book, that will grab your attention, never letting you put the book down.

    This book was Amazing. The plot lines grabbed my attention and put me in to the stories. The short story collection was original and assessed interesting topics in the modern day Judaism. I would recommend this book to all young adult and adult readers. I plan on using this book for my book club, and you should seriously consider it too!

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