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Paradise, New York: A Novel

Paradise, New York: A Novel (Hardback)

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We first meet Lucy Appelbaum, the heroine of Paradise, New York, n 1970, when she is a nine year old girl enjoying her family's Catskills hotel, the Garden of Eden. Ten years later, having found nothing else at which she can distinguish herself, she tries to save the Eden by capitalizing on a wave of nostalgia for the Borscht Belt, running the hotel as a sort of living museum of Yiddish culture. In the course of that season, Lucy comes to realize her love for the hotel's black handyman, Mr. Jefferson -- and the difficulties she faces in overcoming the barriers between them. She battles her grandmother's not-so-subtle attempts to sabotage her success, her parents' superstitious fear of anything that attracts attention to the Jews, and her brother's contention that what Lucy is doing is more a matter of ego than authentic religious feeling. On top of all this, Lucy must contend with the Hasid who buys the chicken farm next door, a cell of ancient Jewish Communist who foment a strike among Eden's overworked young staff, and a gay chef and a gay baker who want to prove to the world that kosher cuisine can satisfy the most sophisticated gourmet.

Among the novel's characters are Shirley and Nat Feidel, who barely survived the Holocaust but refuse to allow bitterness to rule their lives; Mami Goshgarian, the Eden's tumeler; and Jimmy Kilcoin, and Irish Catholic insurance adjustor who has earned a reputation as \u0022the Don Juan of the Catskills\u0022 and is determined to seduce Lucy before summer's end.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S. Publication Date: 01/10/1998 ISBN-13: 9781566396578  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 01/10/1998.  

Eileen Pollack, Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, University of Michigan, is best known for her collection of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and Other Stories, selected by the Washington Post's Book World as one of its favorite books of the last twenty-five years.

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