News From the New American Diaspora and Other Tales of Exile

University of Texas Press   2005

Jay Neugeboren’s short, readable stories adeptly pull the reader into the moment. ”The Imported Man” is a moving glimpse into the thoughts and wishes of a retired piece goods finisher; childless and a widower, he lives on the margins. “The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company” tells of a family collaborating on a film. Neugeboren captures the back and forth discussions, the familial complications, as the family makes mistakes and changes them into something usable. Quite a few of the most interesting stories involve living with a mentally ill relative The experiences Neugeboren relates are not only Jewish ones; every group will find some detail that is a part of daily life.

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