A blessing on the moon

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Oct 1, 1997 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Winner of the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Steven Turner Award for a First Book of Fiction, Texas Institute of Letters. Chaim Skibelski was a successful businessman, father, and husband before he was killed along with all the other Jews from his small Polish town during the Holocaust. Instead of peacefully resting in the World to Come, Chaim is left to walk the earth, wounds and all. On his journey Chaim unexpectedly finds hope, compassion, and renewal beneath the human propensity for destruction. A fabulous tour de force in the tradition of Jerzy Kosinski's THE PAINTED BIRD and the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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the first chapter was a use of magical realism that i thought was done well. it involved a polish child who was horrified by her family's behavior toward jews. however, the rest of the book about losing the moon did not work for me. Read full review

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Contrary to Chaim Skibelski's expectations, the World to Come has not, since his death in a Polish pogrom. Instead, he and his fellow killed Jews are stuck in an in-between not-life, uncertain where ... Read full review


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Joseph Skibell's first novel, "A Blessing on the Moon", received international acclaim. He was the recipient of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Steve Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. He teaches at Emory University.

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