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The Cantor's Daughter: Stories
by Scott Nadelson (Goodreads Author)
The Cantor's Daughter is the compelling new collection from Oregon Book Award Winner and recipient of the GLCA's New Writers Award for 2005, Scott Nadelson. In his follow-up to Saving Stanley, these stories capture Jewish New Jersey suburbanites in moments of crucial transition, when they have the opportunity to connect with those closest to them or forever miss their chan ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Hawthorne Books
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Jul 12, 2007 Geoffrey Kleinman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Love Stories About Relationships
I have to admit, I've never been a huge fan of short stories. It's not that I dislike them, I just rarely am drawn to them. The Cantor's Daughter completely changed my view of short stories. Each story drew me in like a full novel and left off at a perfect point. Close to a 5 star book, but the last story although didn't flirt with greatness like the rest of them. Still worth reading!
I think Scott Nadelson is a fairly young writer, but these stories feel like the work of a person who's done a lot of reading and a lot of living. He has a knack for sometimes cringe-inducing emotional details--he gets the thoughts and motives that lurk three layers behind a character's consciousness. The stories skew a little dark (not a bad thing in my opinion) and range widely in content, from a cruise-going couple whose meet-cute takes a turn for the painfully real, to a working class headhu ...more
This book of short stories all have the them of people who are disconnected from the people closest to them and have a moment in which they can choose to risk intimacy or not. Few chose intimacy. Can't say it is an inspiring or even thought-provoking book but it is very well written and very absorbing. It won Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish fiction
In Nadelson's sophomore collection, he evokes some of the same techniques as his last novel. While this novel is not as literally cohesive as the last, he uses the strings of what it means to be Jewish to create a more universal connection amongst the characters, who are perhaps less subtle, but more complex than the Brickmans.
Scott Nadelson grew up in northern New Jersey before escaping to Oregon, where he has lived for the past eighteen years. He has published three collections of short stories--Aftermath, The Cantor's Daughter, and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories--and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. His newest book is an episodic novel, Between You and Me (Engine Books, November 10, 2015). ...moreMore about Scott Nadelson...