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There Is No Other

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Jonathan Papernick presents nine insightful, tender, and darkly humorous stories. From the streets of modern Israel to the barrooms of Brooklyn to a suburban New England synagogue, the reader easily connects with characters who search for love and acceptance in a world scarred by loss and loneliness.In ?he Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim,?an Iraq war veteran returns from battle to find that his old life has left him behind and that a temporary job working at a synagogue may prove to be his salvation when the Virgin Mary appears on the eve of the Jewish high holidays. In ?y Darling SweetheartBaby,?a working-class drunk waits on his stoop for his disability cheque and the courage to finally proclaim his love to a local prostitute. In the title story ?here Is No Other,?a rage-filled Jewish boy, tormented by his African lineage, arrives at a school Purim party dressed as the prophet Mohammed, demanding difficult answers from his hapless teacher.Magical, erotic, spiritually penetrating and terrifyingly realistic, these provocative stories continue to mark Papernick as a writer who passionately develops his storytelling in the tradition of Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth and Nathan Englander.
Product Details

Author: Jon Papernick

Language: English


Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Exile Editions

Release Date: 2010-07-01

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1550961381

ISBN13: 9781550961386