Fire Year

Author(s): Jason K. Friedman
Original Publish Date: Nov 15, 2013
Product Number: EB00665109
Released: Mar 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747696
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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"Candid, cunning, brave, and wickedly funny," these stories "will make you remember the first time you read Philip Roth" (Salvatore Scibona). Set it the Jewish communities of Georgia—from the 1920s to the present day—this Mary McCarthy Prize–winning collection investigates the crossroads of desire and religion in seven "funny, fearless outsiders' tales . . . of sexual coming-of-age and temptation" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). A gay man attends his high school reunion in Savannah, where he's pursued by the now-married golden-boy football star from his youth. An awkward teenager grapples with notions of God, superstition, and girls at his bar mitzvah. A curator's assistant unearths the groundbreaking mystery of a Renaissance painter, and an even more surprising one in his personal life. A charitable cantor's hopes for a budding romance are matched only by his remorse after acting on impulse. An aging widow, devoted to ancestral Jewish tradition, takes an unexpected stand against her modern-thinking grandson. In this illuminating collective of friends, family, and lovers dealing with shifting social norms in the South, "Friedman explores the balance between religious morality and personal desires in a style similar to Isaac Bashevis Singer and contemplates memory and loss as masterfully as Nathan Englander" (Southern Humanities Review). Though "Friedman works in that same O'Connor-Welty tradition . . . these stories shouldn't be pigeonholed by regionalism or sexuality. In Friedman's well made, rich, and finely paced stories, characters struggle to wed their desires to their community's expectations and traditions—traits that resonate regardless of creed, address, race, or sexuality" (Los Angeles Review of Books).

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