Will he succumb to the depression that threatens to engulf him? Will their earnest efforts result in the pregnancy that he and his wife are seeking? Will he be able to hold on to his new job? Will he find the grandfather whose sudden disappearance years ago provides both motivation and mystery in this loving depiction of the life and times of a typical Jewish community in southern Florida? The first-person narrative succeeds in suggesting that this new young author is telling his own story.
Alligators May Be Present
Success eludes Matt Glassman. Everything he tries to accomplish brings him to the brink of attainment, only to see his efforts fail. Such things shouldn’t be happening to a nice Jewish boy just out of graduate school and trying to be an adult and a mensch. Living among his family and their friends in “Ropa Gatos,” a suspiciously familiar-sounding south Florida community, Matt can’t seem to get a grip on his life.
Claire Rudin is a retired director of the New York City school library system and former librarian at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives in Queens, NY. She is the author of The School Librarian’s Sourcebook and Children’s Books About the Holocaust.
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