What God Wants

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Carol Publishing Group, 1991 - Fiction - 260 pages
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"What God Wants was first published in Australia, where it received the equivalent of the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the most prestigious honor that nation bestows on a new literary voice. Now, for the first time, Brett's acclaimed novel will be published in North America." "In this collection of interrelated stories, Brett writes with humor, passion, and compassion about Jewish women and men, all of whom live in the same community and have one terrible childhood memory in common: their parents were Jewish immigrants who, like the author's mother and father, survived the Holocaust." "Often hilarious and always honest, What God Wants is an affectionate account of their intimate sex lives and daily dramas which often, at some dramatic point, are infused with the memory and terror of their parents' tragic past." "A superb storyteller, Brett tells the tale of timid Susan Silver, who used a can of house paint to proclaim publicly that her husband, Harry, is "shtooping a shikse," and recounts what the Jewish ladies describe as the apparently insane marriage between an aging Moishe Zimmerman and Esmeralda, a Filipino. All of Brett's characters live with the constant dilemma of believing that the past is best forgotten, while knowing that it never can be."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A German native and Australian author evokes the rich texture of modern-day Jewish-Australian life in these 16 engagingly down- to-earth tales—first published in Australia, where they won the 1992 ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Originally from Australia, Lily Brett is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of four previous novels, three collections of essays, and seven collections of poetry. She is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York City.

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