What God Wants

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What God Wants was first published in Australia, where it received the equivalent of the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the most prestigious honor that nation bestows on a new literary voice. Now, for the first time, Brett's acclaimed novel will be published in North America. In this collection of interrelated stories, Brett writes with humor, passion, and compassion about Jewish women and men, all of whom live in the same community and have one terrible childhood memory in common: their parents were Jewish ...
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Overview

What God Wants was first published in Australia, where it received the equivalent of the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the most prestigious honor that nation bestows on a new literary voice. Now, for the first time, Brett's acclaimed novel will be published in North America. In this collection of interrelated stories, Brett writes with humor, passion, and compassion about Jewish women and men, all of whom live in the same community and have one terrible childhood memory in common: their parents were Jewish immigrants who, like the author's mother and father, survived the Holocaust. Often hilarious and always honest, What God Wants is an affectionate account of their intimate sex lives and daily dramas which often, at some dramatic point, are infused with the memory and terror of their parents' tragic past. A superb storyteller, Brett tells the tale of timid Susan Silver, who used a can of house paint to proclaim publicly that her husband, Harry, is "shtooping a shikse," and recounts what the Jewish ladies describe as the apparently insane marriage between an aging Moishe Zimmerman and Esmeralda, a Filipino. All of Brett's characters live with the constant dilemma of believing that the past is best forgotten, while knowing that it never can be.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although the middle-aged characters in this distinctive collection of 16 interconnected stories are a diverse lot, they are bound together by a shared past: all are the children of Holocaust survivors living in or near Melbourne, Australia. The women in these tales shine with originality and strength; the men for the most part exist in the background, betraying or supporting their wives. Chic, sensual Ruthie Brot is forced into some surprising decisions because of her affair with a friend's husband. Susan Silverman's husband ``is shtooping a shikse'' as she announces in Hot Ochre paint on the outside of her house. Ella Tennenbaum, a prominent journalist brooding over three failed marriages, seeks a new life in Israel. Dora Lipshitz, absorbed in being the perfect wife, decides not to pry into her husband's philandering. Rosa Cohen, after years of analysis, is still profoundly neurotic. Each has her own individual problems but they share subtle self-imposed barriers: each stifles her anger, distrusts the consequences of happiness and feels an overwhelming need to keep the family together. These wryly comic yet deeply moving stories explore layers of guilt and fear, and above all the need for belonging--to the family, to the community and to the faith. This is Australian writer Brett's first book to be published here; she also wrote Things Could Be Worse and three books of poetry. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559721936
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1st Carol Publishing Group ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Moishe Zimmerman's Wife 1
Something Shocking 13
Not a Simple Matter 25
Not One Drop of Juice 41
A Lunatic Proposition 55
Half-There 69
Locker 1012 84
A Glimpse of Stocking 97
A Hormonal Imbalance 113
The Alpha-Jerk Field 125
Moving Meals 146
All Kinds of Things 171
On Different Fronts 184
Wombat Lodge 211
We Are All Brothers and Sisters 230
What God Wants 251
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