Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven: Stories

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Syracuse University Press, 1995 - Fiction - 249 pages
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The nine stories in this collection all share either the theme or the setting of the mythical Jewish neighborhood of North Maine Street in the author's native Memphis, Tenn. He writes about mischievous "cheder" boys who try to lead a "lamedvovnik" into temptation, of the Lord bullying Morton Gruber into a book collaboration, and of his Aunt Esther's very strange, literally unworldly, suitor.

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User Review  - Spencer - Goodreads

Steve Stern finely crafted these haunting, macabre and fascinating stories set in a fallen and forgotten world where even the angels lose their sheen. Still, for all the faults of his gods and angels, there is a definite beauty and uncertain redemption in his writing. Lovely. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Storm - Goodreads

Adorable magic realism -- Woody Allen meets HP Lovecraft! Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Steve Stern is the author of several short story collections, including "The Wedding Jester" (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), "Isaac and the Undertakers Daughter" (winner of a Pushcart Writers Choice Award and an O. Henry Prize), and "Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven" (winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American fiction). He has also written three novels and two books for children. He teaches creative writing at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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