The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories

The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories

by Julie Zuckerman
The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories

The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories

by Julie Zuckerman


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Julie Zuckerman's moving and engrossing debut novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, tells the story of awkward but endearing Jeremiah Gerstler -- the son of Jewish immigrants, brilliant political science professor, husband, father.

Jeremiah has yearned for respect and acceptance his entire life, and no matter his success, he still strives for more. As a boy, he was feisty and irreverent and constantly compared to his sweet and well-behaved older brother, Lenny. At the university, he worries he is a token hire. Occasionally, he's combative with colleagues, especially as he ages. But there is a sweetness to Gerstler, too, and an abiding loyalty and affection for those he loves. When he can overcome his worst impulses, his moments of humility become among the best measures of his achievements.

Spanning eight decades and interwoven with the Jewish experience of the 20th century, Julie Zuckerman charts Jeremiah's life from boyhood, through service in WWII, to marriage and children, a professorship and finally retirement, with compassion, honesty, and a respect that even Gerstler himself would find touching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941209981
Publisher: Press 53
Publication date: 05/03/2019
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Julie Zuckerman's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including The SFWP Quarterly, The Macguffin, Salt Hill, Sixfold, The Coil, Ellipsis, Crab Orchard Review and others. A native of Connecticut, she now lives in Modiin, Israel, with her husband and four children. The Book of Jeremiah was the only runner-up for the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and is her debut collection.

Table of Contents

A Strong Hand and an Outstretched Arm

The Book of Jeremiah


Birthday Bash


Three Strikes

Gerstler’s Triumphant Return


Tough Day for LBJ


The Dutiful Daughter



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