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Author: Cantor, Jillian.
Title: In another time : a novel / by Jillian Cantor.
Publisher: New York, N.Y : Harper Perennial, 2019.
ISBN: 9780062863324 :
Pages: 322 p. : pbk ; 21.5 cm.
Subject: Women violinists - Germany - Fiction.
Amnesia - Fiction.
Man-woman relationships - Fiction.
Subject: Germany - History - 1933-1945 - Fiction.
Germany - History - 1945-1955 - Fiction.
Summary: In 1931 Germany, bookshop owner Max meets concert violinist Hanna and falls in love, but Hanna is Jewish and Hitler is coming to power; in 1946 outside Berlin, Hanna wakes up in a field with no memory of the past ten years.
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Author: Englander, Nathan.
Title: Kaddish.com / by Nathan Englander.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
ISBN: 9781524732752 (hardback) :
Pages: 203 p. :hardcover : 21.5 cm.
Subject: Kaddish - Fiction.
Fathers - Death - Fiction.
Orthodox Judaism - Fiction.
Families - Fiction.
Summary: "The Pulitzer finalist delivers his best work yet--a brilliant, streamlined comic novel, reminiscent of early Philip Roth and of his own most masterful stories, about a son's failure to say Kaddish for his father Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as the surviving son to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. To the horror and dismay of his mother and sisters, Larry refuses--thus imperiling the fate of his father's soul. To appease them, and in penance for failing to mourn his father correctly, he hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called Kaddish.com to recite the daily prayer and shepherd his father's soul safely to rest. This is Nathan Englander's freshest and funniest work to date--a satire that touches, lightly and with unforgettable humor, on the conflict between religious and secular worlds, and the hypocrisies that run through both. A novel about atonement; about spiritual redemption; and about the soul-sickening temptations of the internet, which, like God, is everywhere"--
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Author: Carroll, James, 1943-, author.
Title: The cloister : a novel / by James Carroll.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781101971581 (paperback) :
Pages: 360 pages ; pbk ; 25 cm.
Subject: Holocaust survivors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction. Holocaust survivors. New York (State) -- New York.
Priests -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships - Fiction.
Subject: Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Summary: From National Book Award-winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Haeloeise, and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in Manhattan. Father Michael Kavanagh is shocked to see a friend from his seminary days named Runner Malloy at the altar of his humble Inwood community parish. Wondering about their past, he wanders into the medieval haven of The Cloisters, and begins a conversation with a lovely and intriguing museum guide, Rachel Vedette. Rachel, a scholar of medieval history, has retreated to the quiet of The Cloisters after her harrowing experience as a Jewish woman in France during the Holocaust. She ponders her late father's greatest intellectual work: a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars. Something about Father Kavanagh makes Rachel think he might appreciate her continued studies, and she shares with him the work that cost her father his life. At the center of these interrelated stories is the classic romance between the great scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual equal HÔeloÞise. For Rachel, Abelard is the key to understanding her people's place in intellectual history. For Kavanagh, he is a doorway to understanding the life he might have had outside of the Church.
Awards: AJL Jewish Fiction Honor Award, 2019
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Author: Sarvas, Mark.
Title: Memento Park / by Mark Sarvas.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
ISBN: 9781250310354
Pages: 276 pages ; pbk ; 22 cm.
Subject: Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-276).
Summary: After receiving an unexpected call from the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Second World War. To recover the painting, he must repair his strained relationship with his harshly judgmental father, uncover his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism. Along the way to illuminating the mysteries of his past, Matt is torn between his doting girlfriend, Tracy, and his alluring attorney, Rachel, with whom he travels to Budapest to unearth the truth about the painting and, in turn, his family.
Awards: AJL Jewish Fiction Award, 2019
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Author: Namdar, Ruby, 1964-.
Title: The ruined house : a novel / by Ruby Namdar ; translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062467492
Pages: 514 pages ; pbk ; 24 cm.
Subject: College teachers -- Fiction.
Visions -- Fiction.
Mysticism -- Fiction.
Kabbalah -- Fiction.
Add. Entries: Halkin, Hillel, 1939-, translator.
Summary: Andrew P. Cohen, a successful NYU professor of comparative culture, is suddenly plagued with strange and inexplicable visions of an ancient religious ritual. As his superficially perfect world begins to unravel, he is forced to question his beliefs. Interspersed throughout the novel are pages from an ancient (pseudo)Talmudic text, harking back to the golden age of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hidden in this frenzied, semi-opaque other narrative lies the mysterious key to understanding the drama of Andrew's life.
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Author: Rabinyan, Dorit.
Title: All the rivers / by Dorit Rabinyan ; translated by Jessica Cohen.
Publisher: London, UK : Serpent's Tail, 2017.
ISBN: 9781781257647 :
Pages: 278 p. : pbk.
Subject: Israelis - New York (State) - New York - Fiction.
Palestinian Arabs - New York (State) - New York - Fiction.
Man-woman relationships - Fiction.
Jewish-Arab relations - Fiction.
Add. Entries: Cohen, Jessica, translator.
Summary: A chance encounter in New York brings two strangers together: Liat is an idealistic translation student, Hilmi a talented young painter. Together they explore the city, share fantasies, jokes and homemade meals, and fall in love. There is only one problem: Liat is from Israel, Hilmi from Palestine. Keeping their deepening relationship secret, the two lovers build an intimate universe for two in this city far from home. But outside reality can only be kept at bay for so long. After a tempestuous visit from Hilmi's brother, cracks begin to form in the relationship, and their points of difference Liat's military service, Hilmi's hopes for Palestine's future threaten to overwhelm their shared present. When they return separately to their divided countries, Liat and Hilmi must decide whether to keep going, or let go.
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Author: Barrie, Brenda.
Title: An unorthodox romance : a novel / by Brenda Barrie.
Publisher: Irvine, CA : Gray Matter, 2014.
ISBN: 9780983592181 :
Pages: 262 p. :pbk ; 20.5 cm.
Subject: Jewish Marriage - Fiction.
Israeli Marriage - Fiction.
Romance - Fiction.
Women Rabbis - Fiction.
Egalitarian Judaism - Fiction.
Orthodox Judaism - Fiction.
Subject: Israel - Fiction
Summary: Marnie had written herself off of ever being able to love again after a disastrous first marriage. But through the process of cutting the final ties to that relationship, she is not only able to love again but allow herself to feel worthy of being adored. Set in Israel in the late 1990s, Barrie's novel interweaves an ultra-orthodox community with a Reform rabbinical conference through strong and engaging characters.
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Author: Witterick, J.L.
Title: My mother's secret : based on a true Holocaust story / by J.L. Witterick.
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : iUniverse, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670068104 :
Pages: 180 p. :pbk ; 21 cm.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 - Poland - Fiction.
Jews - Poland - Fiction.
Families - Poland - History - 20th century.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Poland - Fiction.
Summary: Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic-each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives, My Mother's Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.
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Author: Barrie, Brenda.
Title: The Rabbi's Husband : a novel / by Brenda Barrie.
Publisher: Irvine, CA : Gray Matter, 2011.
ISBN: 9780983592112 :
Pages: 306 p. :pbk ; 20 cm.
Subject: Women Rabbis - Fiction.
Rabbis - Fiction.
Relationships - Fiction.
Jews - United States - Fiction.
Marriage - Fiction.
Summary: The Rabbi's Husband tells the story of Rabbi Tovah Feldner and her husband, Dan Goldin, who love each other. Even at the moment when Dan is planning to leave his wife and two children, their love is still evident. Can she forgive her husband and work with him to heal the wounds inflicted on their marriage by Dan's inability to communicate and of her true motivation and real spiritual needs?.
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