An award-winning collection of interrelated stories, first published in Australia, brings together middle-class men and women who share a community and the same terrible childhood memory--their parents were all Holocaust survivors.
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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.
A German native and Australian author evokes the rich texture of modern-day Jewish-Australian life in these 16 engagingly down- to-earth tales--first published in Australia, where they won the 1992 National Steel Award, and Brett's first collection to be published here. In ``Moishe Zimmerman's Wife,'' 38-year-old Ruthie Brot succumbs to decades of sexual frustration by having an affair with Abe Lipshitz, a married man passed along by a fellow aerobics student. Not far down the road, in ``Something Shocking,'' adultery works a more evil magic on one of Ruthie's sisters-in-law, Susan Silver, who reacts to her own husband's extramarital affair by painting ``My husband is schtooping a shikse'' across the front of their house. Other members of Ruthie's tightknit Melbourne circle have their own, equally all-encompassing stories, most highlighting the tension between the Jewish past and present and each getting fair exposure here. These include, in ``Half-There,'' the obsession of Ruthie's other sister-in-law, Golda Goldenfein, with her experience as the daughter of concentration camp survivors; in ``What God Wants,'' Ruthie's father's announcement that his much younger Filipino wife is going to have a child; and, in ``Moving Meals,'' Abe's wife's frantic efforts to lose herself in volunteer work until her husband's love affair has run its course. As the months pass, few here are ever actually abandoned, though many temporarily stray, while gossip is energetically circulated via telephone calls, lunches, and the all-important weekly women's gin rummy game. Just when the tales of bed-hopping and scandal- mongering begin to wear on the soul, one of the more thoughtful protagonists, mildly neurotic Susan Cohen, flies off to New York with her family, where her sudden solitude allows for welcome depth and texture after the chattier Melbourne stories. Brett's abrupt, unadorned style can be off-putting, but, as with many of her characters, one grows fond in the end. Sketches throughout by David Rankin, the author's husband. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GOR005646914
Buchbeschreibung University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland, 1992. Pictorial Wraps. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Reprint. Illustrations by David Rankin. Printed in Australia. Very slight shelfwear, otherwise a very nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 260pp. SB-89. Size: 19.5 x 13cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 018908
Buchbeschreibung University of Queensland press, St Lucia, 1992. Softcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. David Rankin (illustrator). reprint. An award-winning collection of interrelated stories, first published in Australia, brings together middle-class men and women who share a community and the same terrible childhood memory -- their parents were all Holocaust survivors. "It's a funny business, this business of what God wants. It would be better if the things that God wanted were a bit closer to the things that we all want." - rear panel blurb age darkening of the page edges and a reading crease on the spine are the only damage worth reporting. The illustrations by David Rankin are "interesting" Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 260 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: David Rankin. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature & Literary; Judaica; ISBN: 0702223697. ISBN/EAN: 9780702223693. Inventory No: 0260938. Post will be reduced to $7.80 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0260938
Buchbeschreibung University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1992. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Fine. 260p. Original illustrated wrappers, black and white line drawings by the author's husband, green endpapers. First paperback printing in excellent condition. The collection of inter-related short stories won the 1992 Steele Rudd Award. Signature of Greg Gatenby on front free endpaper. Gatenby was the Canadian author who served as artistic director of the famous Toronto Harbourfront Reading Series and the International Festival of Authors. Signed and warmly inscribed for Gatenby by both Brett and Rankin on the title page with a black and white line drawing by the illustrator. Signed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 31188