Isaac: A Modern Fable

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Permanent Press, 2012 - Fiction - 223 pages
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"In this fast-paced mashup of Faust and the biblical story of Isaac, former Los Angeles Times reporter Goldman (The Barfighter) twists the screws on a pair of star-crossed lovers as they struggle to overcome the natural and supernatural forces keeping them apart. When clever, gorgeous professor Ruth Canby meets handsome muscle-for-hire Lenny at the L.A. Farmers Market, their mutual attraction overpowers Ruth's inhibitions. But mysterious Lenny, who is, in fact, Isaac, son of Abraham, physically young after 4,000 years and world-weary but still in love with life{u2014}throws her over to protect his secret. Hurt and disappointed, Ruth accepts a too-good-to-be-true offer to join a Columbia University think tank and tries to forget Lenny, while fending off a colleague's advances. Back in L.A., Lenny avoids his age-old nemesis "The Beast" and attempts to forget Ruth. But he discovers that she's in grave danger, and only a supreme sacrifice might save her. Goldman's snappy dialogue and light touch make this sendup of West Coast superficiality, East Coast academia, and the Old Testament an entertaining read full of weighty, nuanced questions about faith, fate, and what makes life precious, even after four millennia."--P.W.

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User Review  - texicanwife - LibraryThing

A lively tale that follows Biblical Isaac in the 21st Century! How does a man, more than a few thousand years old, deal with that old devil Satan. You'd think with the wisdom of the ages, wouldn't you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Snyder - Goodreads

Clever, interesting concept. Reads more like a plot outline than a novel, with great dialogue replacing character and scene development. The end, though, after the big buildup falls flat on its face. There is no resolution or ending. Just peters off. Kind of sad as the premise had promise. Read full review

About the author (2012)

IVAN G. GOLDMAN is the "New York Times" best-selling author of four novels, including "Isaac: A Modern Fable" (The Permanent Press, 2012), and one nonfiction book, " L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network", with Mike Rothmiller (Pocket, 1992), a book that prompted the department to padlock its intelligence division. He has covered Congress for the "Washington Post", worked the national and foreign desks of the "Los Angeles Times", and was an editorial writer for the "Seattle Post- Intelligencer". His articles have appeared in the "Columbia Journalism Review", "The Nation", "Rolling Stone", and the "New York Times", and he blogs about current events at He lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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