White

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Overlook Duckworth, Jan 24, 2008 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Talmudic in form, sui generis in conception, this novel completes the story begun in Blue and Green, following the Tal family as they navigate the New York City gem business. The story is juxtaposed against marvelous images, among them paintings from Mary Cassatt and Vermeer and a collection of photographs, ranging from Bob Dylan in a recoding session, to the Wild West days, to moving works by Roman Vishniac.
As one family's story unfolds with all the drama of a saga, numerous Tal relatives and no less than Virginia Woolf, Soren Kierkegaard, Buffalo Bill, and dozens of others add perspective, humor, and gravitas with their views. A novel that is deftly self-referential while at the same time pulling in cultural and historical references from the widest range of sources. White completes a work of literature that is a convergence of colors and voices.

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Benjamin Zucker, a well known New York gem merchant, was born on the French Riviera, educated at Yale and Harvard Law School, and followed his grandfather and father into the family business. He travels regularly to the gem capitals of the world purchasing precious stones. He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History.