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Sunday Jews

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Hortense Calisher has been hailed as "stand[ing] vividly with Cather and Fitzgerald" (Cynthia Ozick). In this, her latest and most lauded novel, she explores a family united in blood yet divided by ideas. Son Charles hopes to be a Supreme Court justice; family beauty Nell has children by different lovers; art expert Erika has a nose job; and artist Zach has two wives. Their mother, infamous in Israel, born of a well-to-do Boston background but no longer rich, is bound to a past that never quite dies. The buried history of this extraordinary--and very American--family comes to light unexpectedly when grandson Bert brings home as a wife the woman who, years ago, joined the family circle, then mysteriously disappeared. Told with wit and deep acuity, Sunday Jews is a tour de force from a writer whose fiction has justly been compared with that of Eudora Welty and Henry James, and whose ability to delineate our lives is unparalleled.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 154.9 x 229.6 x 31.8mm | 907.2g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156027453
  • 9780156027458

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A rich family saga and a crowning achievement from a grande dame of American letters
Hortense Calisher has been hailed as "stand[ing] vividly with Cather and Fitzgerald" (Cynthia Ozick). In this, her latest and most lauded novel, she explores a family united in blood yet divided by ideas. Son Charles hopes to be a Supreme Court justice; family beauty Nell has children by different lovers; art expert Erika has a nose job; and artist Zach has two wives. Their mother, infamous in Israel, born of a well-to-do Boston background but no longer rich, is bound to a past that never quite dies. The buried history of this extraordinary--and very American--family comes to light unexpectedly when grandson Bert brings home as a wife the woman who, years ago, joined the family circle, then mysteriously disappeared.
Told with wit and deep acuity, Sunday Jews is a tour de force from a writer whose fiction has justly been compared with that of Eudora Welty and Henry James, and whose ability to delineate our lives is unparalleled.
"A rare fictional exploration of a great and disturbing theme." -- Washington Post Book World
"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else." -- Newsday
Hortense Calisher has written more than twenty books. Past president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of PEN, she has been a National Book Award finalist three times and has won an O. Henry Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
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PRAISE FOR SUNDAY JEWS "Wonderful . . . It is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."--The New York Times Book Review

"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else."-- Newsday PRAISE FOR SUNDAY JEWS
"Wonderful . . . It is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."--The New York Times Book Review
"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else."-- Newsday PRAISE FOR "SUNDAY JEWS"
"Wonderful . . . It is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda," and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else."-- "Newsday" PRAISE FOR"SUNDAY JEWS"

"Wonderful . . . It is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's"Daniel Deronda", and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else."--"Newsday" PRAISE FOR "SUNDAY JEWS"

"Wonderful . . . It is at once an old-fashioned family saga, with plot twists worthy of George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda", and, like that novel, a delicate, compassionate meditation on the inheritance and creation of religious, familial, and individual identity."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Summons a genuinely affecting lyrical elegiac voice, celebrating lives and ways of life as they pass into something else."-- "Newsday"
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About Hortense Calisher

Hortense Calisher has written more than twenty books. Past president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of PEN, she has been a National Book Award finalist three times and has won an O. Henry Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
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Rating details

49 ratings
2.16 out of 5 stars
5 4% (2)
4 12% (6)
3 18% (9)
2 27% (13)
1 39% (19)
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