The narrative can be read as a history of the Jews in Europe and America, a modern telling of the story of Job, a fictionalized description of the philosophy of Spinoza, or a love story in New York. The story ranges back and forth over a hundred years of time through Europe and America, suburbs and city, religious and secular viewpoints with charming side-trips to dollhouses, choosing a diamond and musing on life as a single woman on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. A first novel of power, strength and emotion that weaves storytelling and morality into a work of art. The author is the recipient of the prestigious Edward Lewis Wallant Award for this book. (Family tree is appended.)
Moses Nussbaum, Co-Director of the Institute for Head and Neck Cancer at Beth Israel Hospital, practices surgery in New York City. He is a member of the Beth Israel Medical Center Ethics Committee.