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The nine stories in this collection all share either the theme or the setting of the mythical Jewish neighborhood of North Maine Street in the author's native Memphis, Tenn. He writes about mischievous "cheder" boys who try to lead a "lamedvovnik" into temptation, of the Lord bullying Morton Gruber into a book collaboration, and of his Aunt Esther's very strange, literallyThe nine stories in this collection all share either the theme or the setting of the mythical Jewish neighborhood of North Maine Street in the author's native Memphis, Tenn. He writes about mischievous "cheder" boys who try to lead a "lamedvovnik" into temptation, of the Lord bullying Morton Gruber into a book collaboration, and of his Aunt Esther's very strange, literally unworldly, suitor....

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ISBN : 9780815603566
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 249 Pages
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Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven: Stories Reviews

  • Lucile Barker
    2019-04-06 01:57

    9. Lazer Malkin Enters Heaven by Steve SternThis collection of stories should be read over a long period of time or they will, in my grandma’s words, become “much of a muchness.” There are angels, dybbyks, and other strange beings, including a sex-starved ghost who tries to act as a muse for an ageing writer on retreat. An old man refuses to die, no matter what, and fights with the angel of death. There is a lot of laughter in this book, but there is an underlying sadness in all the mysticism. The author seems to be mourning a time that is past and only lets the present in reluctantly. He does, however, get the past and its details completely right. He is not afraid to show the dust and grit of a Southern city (Memphis) Jewish community. His teenage boys are malicious but clever, and some even have a good-hearted streak. His adults not so much.

  • Charles
    2019-04-06 02:14

    Much better than his first collection (which itself was very good). Stern continues to explore outsider-ness and detachment, putting a much greater emphasis on connecting with one's roots (often in the form of the Pinch) and using writing to overcome alienation. As with "Isaac and the Undertaker's Daughter," the final story (the most memorable and poignant of the book) brings all these themes together, using Stern himself as an object lesson in navigating the cold uninspiring reality of the contemporary world.

  • Spencer
    2019-04-21 07:14

    Steve Stern finely crafted these haunting, macabre and fascinating stories set in a fallen and forgotten world where even the angels lose their sheen. Still, for all the faults of his gods and angels, there is a definite beauty and uncertain redemption in his writing. Lovely.

  • Carol Storm
    2019-04-07 01:12

    Adorable magic realism -- Woody Allen meets H.P. Lovecraft!

  • Melissa
    2019-04-11 00:02

    I like Steve Stern. Thought provoking, interesting, and sometimes funny stories.