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The Briss

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Fiction. Chosen by Jim Bartley of the Toronto Globe as one of the Top 5 first-fiction books of 2009. There is a Jewish proverb that goes: "Grandchildren are your reward from God for not having murdered your children." And so THE BRISS begins, with Sammy, the father of two grown children he would like to choke the life out of. His daughter Marilyn has just ended an affair t ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by New Star Books
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Claudio Arato
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
There is lots to like in this transparent allegory for the difficulties and inconsistencies of being Jewish, and a part of the diaspora, and to ve engaged with the comforts and strictures of the past. It is sharper and more aggressive than Shiva, but Tregabov's straight ahead prose rings true, if intentionally silly, channeling the Sunshine Boys, like the Shiva did.
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