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Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate (2015)

by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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Learning to love differently is hard, love with the hands wide open, love with the doors banging on their hinges, the cupboard unlocked, the wind roaring and whimpering in the rooms rustling the sheets and snapping the blinds that thwack like rubber bands in an open palm.  ---Marge Piercy, "To have without holding"
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For                                                                                    
Bert                                                                                 
Abigail, Robin, David                                                                       
Ethan, Benjamin, Maya, Molly, Zev, Arlo
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Zachariah Isaac Levy grew up in a family of secrets, of conversations cut short by his entrance into a room, of thick-tongued speech and guttural names and the whisper of weeping.
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In that liminal postsunset interim when the line between dusk and darkness is as invisible as air, Zach Levy imagined what he would say if an ancient sage asked him to define dusk: "It's the moment when you can't necessarily discern the right path from the wrong path but you must choose one of them before it's too dark to see anything at all."
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"Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin's second novel follows Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors who promises his mother that he'll marry within the tribe. But when Zach falls for Cleo, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile the family he loves with the woman who might be his soul mate. A New York love story complicated by the legacies and modern tension of Jewish American and African American history, Single Jewish Male Seeking explores what happens when the heart runs into the reality of politics, history, and the weight of family promises"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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