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The Jewish Daily Forward (8/11/2014)

Looking for the Next Philip Roth

 

Our Authors and their Work:

The Last Commandment – Poems by Alan Toltzis

Using elegant, vivid, and carefully crafted language, The Last Commandment examines the nature of love, family, the creative process, and the connection between nature and ourselves. The 54 poems, each inspired by the weekly Torah portion, are meditations, insights, personal recollections, and stem from a deep reading of original Biblical texts and commentaries. Deeply nuanced, these poems can be appreciated or their lyricism, spirituality, and their fresh outlook on our world and beyond.

For more information and to order books: www.alantoltzis.com

 

Americans & Other Stories – Fred Skolnik

In this collection of 26 stories (Fomite Press, 417 pp.), the author of The Other Shore and Death offers a varied selection of his absorbing short fiction, ranging from the realistic to the surreal and wildly satiric. Available at Amazon or directly from Fomite.

 

Unlocking the Past: Stories From My Mother’s Diary – Shira Sebban
 
Shira Sebban had long abandoned hope of uncovering more details of her mother Naomi’s past, especially after her death following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. That was before Sebban and her sister discovered a diary Naomi had kept during a study trip to Israel in the mid-1950s.
 
Unlocking the Past: Stories From My Mother’s Diary brings Naomi’s vibrant and descriptive diary entries back to life as a series of creative non-fiction short stories. In so doing, Sebban embarked on a fascinating journey, exploring a place and space so different to her own. Not only was her mother still single, but she had also become somewhat of an outsider, having returned to her birthplace after a decade away in Australia. 
 
Available as an e-book or paperback at Amazon or directly from Mazo Publishers.

 

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