Zebra and Other Stories

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Thorndike Press, Dec 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 204 pages
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From the celebrated author of The Chosen comes a masterly collection of stories about the lives of young adults. Zebra and Other Stories charts moments of grief, crisis, and change for its teenage protagonists. Through these events -- some sudden, some lingering in memory -- come growth and understanding, as the layers of the adult world are peeled back. Rich in drama, told with wisdom and a sharp understanding of the clarity with which young people see the world in front of them, here are six memorable stories from a beloved storyteller.

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User Review  - The Scrivener's Quill - Goodreads

I read BB, a great story about a boy's interaction and emotional rollercoaster with his parents who suffer from the loss of a child and their concerns about what a new pregnancy and baby may mean. Read full review

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User Review  - Jori Richardson - Goodreads

This is a collection of six short stories by Chaim Potok (author of "The Chosen") that all focus on death or loss, with children as the main characters. I thought that the opening story, "Zebra," was the best. Powerful writing by a brilliant author. Read full review



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Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from Yeshiva University in 1950, and received an advanced degree from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1954, when he also became an ordained Conservative rabbi. After two years of military service as a chaplain in Korea, Potok married Adena Sarah Mosevitsky in 1958. The couple had three children. Eventually Potok returned to school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Potok has held a variety of positions within the Jewish community, including directing a camp in Los Angeles, teaching at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles at a Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and working as an editor on various religious publications, Potok's first novel, The Chosen, was published in 1967, and he quickly won acclaim for this best-selling book about tensions within the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities. This and later books have been both critically and popularly successful. Many of them explore the meaning of Judaism in the modern era, focusing on the conflict between traditional teachings and the pressures of modern life. The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in 1967 and made into a successful film in 1982. Its sequel, The Promise (1969) was the winner of an Athenaeum Award. Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1978), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in both religious and secular magazines.

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