An Hour in Paradise by Joan Leegant
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"Joan Leegant writes stories that last, stories that take root in the soul."—Bret Lott, author of Jewel


Joan Leegant's collection takes its title from the Yiddish proverb "Even an hour in Paradise is worthwhile." In settings from Jerusalem to Queens, from Hollywood's outskirts to Sarasota, Florida, the characters in this mesmerizing debut collection are drawn to the seductions of religion, soldiering on in search of divine and human connection. A former drug dealer turned yeshiva student faces his past with a dying AIDS patient. A disaffected American in the ancient city of Safed ventures into Kabbalist mysticism and gets more than he bargained for. A rabbi whose morning minyan is visited by a pair of Siamese twins considers the possibility that his guests are not mere mortals. An aging Jerusalemite chronicles his country's changes during the biblical year of rest. By turns poignant and comic, unflinching and compassionate—with a dose of fabulist daring—An Hour in Paradise explores the dangers and unforeseen rewards of our most fundamental longings.
 

About Joan Leegant

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Joan Leegant, author of An Hour in Paradise and Wherever You Go, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
 
Published August 30, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Leegant's slim first collection offers 10 sharply written stories about Jewish characters both young and old, secular and Orthodox, as they address questions of faith, love and change. In "

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Leegant's slim first collection offers 10 sharply written stories about Jewish characters both young and old, secular and Orthodox, as they address questions of faith, love and change.

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