Like Never Before by Ehud Havazelet

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A superb collection of thematically linked short stories by the author of What Is It Then Between Us?

A young boy in World War II is compelled to make a terrible choice: abandon his brother and save himself, or reveal his identity and face certain capture by the Nazis. A woman enjoying a private moment by her window is visited by New York City detectives telling her a murder has occurred directly across from her apartment, and finds her marriage irreparably changed by the news. An elderly man, on the last night of his life, finds his kitchen invaded by raucous, hungry ghosts.

At the center of these stories by the author of What Is It Then Between Us? (winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award) is David, a man poised at midcareer and at the cusp of midlife, torn by his break with his Orthodox Jewish past, achingly uncertain of the future. A richly moving, often funny portrait of three generations of a family straining to hold together in the face of changing cultures and shifting fortunes, Like Never Before is a stunning new collection from a writer whose stories have been hailed as "astonishing in their sensitivity, clarity, and power" (San Francisco Chronicle).

 

About Ehud Havazelet

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Ehud Havazelet is the author of two critically acclaimed short-story collections: "What Is It Then Between Us? "and "Like Never Before," He teaches at Oregon State University and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
 
Published September 1, 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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David’s long-suffering mother Ruth, his commitment-shy sister Rachel, and their thrice-married, late-blooming cousin Leah also add perspectives and experiences to the family mosaic, which ends with David coming home for the unveiling of his father’s tombstone (“To Live in Tiflis in the Springtime .

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""Any hardship in this world is easier to bear than a disappointing child,'' thinks Max Birnbaum, a character in the 10 interlinked stories that make up Havazelet's dazzlingly insightful and emotionally resonant second book, after the praised What Is It Then Between Us?

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