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First published in 1964, Epstein's "Leah" received immediate acclaim. The work is a significant achievement in many ways: as a portrait of a thoughtful woman searching for love; as a vivid description of mid-20th-century Manhattan; as an understated masterpiece of urban fiction; and as a male author's remarkable exploration of a female character's psyche.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Jewish Publication Society of America
(first published 1964)
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This was very close to receiving 5-stars. I think the ending kind of threw me a tad bit, because I was right on the fence. I really liked this book. This, I believe, is the last book I bought based on an interview I read with Richard Yates from the mid-seventies. I read it about six or seven years ago at the height of my Yates mania. In the interview Yates mentioned a few authors and books that he liked, and because I was such a crazy Yates fan, I picked them all up. There was one by Evan S. Con ...more