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The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern
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Dec 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

I choose this book simply on it's unique title and interesting cover. A fascinating read. The story covers many generations of a Jewish family and does an excellent job of immersing you in the culture and locales of the jews as they move through 1880s Poland/Russia, 1920's Lower East Side, 1940's Palestine and finally Memphis, Tennessee. While Stern is terrific at developing fleshed out characters, his erudite use of language is a real challenge. I wish I had not just an English dictionary at my side, but also a Yiddish one as many words he uses are unexplained. Definitely recommend the book, but just know it is a challenging read.

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