Waiting for the News

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Wayne State University Press, 1990 - Fiction - 315 pages
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Set in Detroit in the late thirties and early forties, Waiting for the News tells of a man driven by an almost religious fanaticism about trade unionism. Jake Gottlieb, a laundry driver with grand designs, spins seditious dreams of a strike against all laundry companies, beginning with his own. The world he take son is tough and nasty. Hired fists are always ready to smash the heads of stubborn troublemakers, fists that are no less brutal because they happen to be Jewish.

Knowing instinctively that his maniacal devotion to principal would inevitably loose the beasts inside him, Jake makes his young sons swear to avenge him if the time comes. In facing up to their grim oath, they must face the question of personal loyalty and responsibility that cannot be evaded.

 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
43
Section 3
51
Section 4
57
Section 5
62
Section 6
99
Section 7
106
Section 8
127
Section 13
239
Section 14
264
Section 15
265
Section 16
278
Section 17
283
Section 18
286
Section 19
293
Section 20
298

Section 9
138
Section 10
149
Section 11
155
Section 12
200
Section 21
310
Section 22
313
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About the author (1990)

Leo Litwak teaches at San Francisco State University. He was awarded first place in the 1990 O. Henry Awards, and his stories have appeared in such publications as Tri-Quarterly, The North American Review, and Esquire.

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