The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern

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Award-winning novelist Steve Stern’s exhilarating epic recounts the story of how a nineteenth-century rabbi from a small Polish town ends up in a basement freezer in a suburban Memphis home at the end of the twentieth century. What happens when an impressionable teenage boy inadvertently thaws out the ancient man and brings him back to life is nothing short of miraculous.
 

About Steve Stern

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Steve Stern, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is the author of several previous novels and story collections, including The Frozen Rabbi and The Wedding Jester. He teaches at Skidmore College in upstate New York.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by Algonquin Books. 401 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While the novel starts with the recovery of Rabbi Eliezer ben Zephyr from the deep freeze (Bernie’s father explains to his bewildered son that “they handed [the rabbi] down from generation to generation”), Stern alternates chapters chronologically, beginning in 1889 when the rabbi, a noted holy m...

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Bernie Karp, the teenage hero of “The Frozen Rabbi,” Steve Stern’s new novel, is an overfed 15-year-old, scorched to the core from too much television.

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As Bernie wrestles with his newfound sense of Judaism, he studies the tract written by his grandfather that tells the second story of the novel: how the rabbi arrived in America from a tiny village in Poland, frozen all the way.

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The Globe and Mail

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Is this wild, funny, rich novel the breakout for our 'maybe unknown' writer?

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Publisher: Algonquin Books Product Description Award-winning novelist Steve Stern’s exhilarating epic recounts the story of how a nineteenth-century rabbi from a small Polish town ends up in a basement freezer in a suburba...

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