Bad Jews and Other Stories

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Fiction - 325 pages
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Bad Jews and Other Stories is a nuanced and comic vision of life, love, and spiritual adventurism among the determinedly secular class of contemporary American Jews. Separated from the character-building hardships endured by their parents and grandparents, unable to find a faith of their own or for that matter to believe in much of anything at all, the characters of Bad Jews and Other Stories wander through the moral landscape of their lives in a loopy version of the Children of Israel?s meandering way home. Along the way they suffer a range of antic, often absurd misadventures. And as often as not they find redemption as well as disaster.
 

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WorstCase Scenarios
1
The Twelve Plagues
27
The Tutor
52
At the Great Divide
76
Suskind the Impresario
111
The Feigenbaum Foundation
184
Rosenthal Unbound
213
Shifman in Paradise
245
Bad Jews
293
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Gerald Shapiro (1950?2011) was a professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of From Hunger: Stories, editor of American Jewish Fiction: A Century of Stories (Nebraska 1998), and winner of the Ohio State University Short Fiction Prize for a collection of novellas and stories titled Little Men.

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