A Book of Great Worth

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Coteau Books, Apr 1, 2012 - Fiction - 264 pages
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Set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City, this is a beautifully-told collection of scenes from Morgenstern’s life. The tricky ground of writing the advice column for a provincial Yiddish daily; successes during, and hard times after, the Depression; a position at the top of his craft as a labour specialist in the New York City Yiddish press – these and many more form a portrait of “a fundamentally decent man in morally perplexing situations”. “I’ve been working on a series of stories about the character I call “my father” – loosely based on my own father – for about 30 years...I wondered if I could use the character in other situations. [One] story had begun with a spark of truth – a story my father had told many times about a foolish man he’d once known – and the spirit of my father. “All the stories in the series walk that precarious tightrope between memoir and fiction...“I worked hard, with the stories’ structure and a sort of old-fashioned expository style, to make them feel like memoir – like truth.”
 

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Contents

The Proposition
1
The Farmhand
17
The Wisdom of Solomon
41
A False Moustache
59
Feathers and Blood
79
A Romantic Secret
105
A Distant Relation
121
Lettres damour
137
Music by Rodgers Lyrics by Hart
165
A Book of Great Worth
179
The Barking Dog
199
The Family Circle
215
Listening to My Father
239
Acknowledgements
251
About the Author
253
Back Cover
256

A Bargain
153

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About the author (2012)

Dave Margoshes is a full-time writer who has published more than a dozen books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His collection of stories, Bix’s Trumpet and Other Stories, was a two-time winner in the Saskatchewan Book Awards as well as being a finalist in the ReLit Awards. His three novels include Drowning Man, I Am Frankie Stern, and We Who Seek: A Love Story. He has published four other story collections, five volumes of poetry and several non-fiction works, including a biography of Tommy Douglas.

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