Secret anniversaries of the heart : new & selected stories

by Raphael, Lev.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Summary

"The power of Raphael's stories comes from his passion for telling the truth, however painful."-- Hadassah Magazine

"His characters are voices of reason, observers rather than judges. The prose is poetic, the sex scenes sweat with passion."-- Los Angeles Times

When Lev Raphael published the controversial story collection Dancing on Tisha B'av , he broke new ground in the publishing world. Never before in one book had an American writer dealt with the conflicts between homosexuality and traditional Judaism, linked the chilling mind diseases of antisemitism and homophobia, and borne witness not only to the legacy of Holocaust survivors but the suffering and conflicts of their children. Winner of the prestigious Lambda Literary Award, Raphael opened the door to a new kind of American Jewish fiction.

Secret Anniversaries of the Heart unites the best stories from Dancing on Tisha B'av with 12 new stories, including one never before published. Here we encounter tales of antisemitism on the college campus, of self-hatred and body obsession, and of survivor parents whose only response to the Holocaust is to isolate themselves, unconsciously committing a kind of emotional suicide.

In a collection that encompasses over 25 years of his award-winning stories, Lev Raphael proves himself a visionary like James Baldwin and shares Anita Brookner's gift for dramatizing the pain of seemingly quiet lives in stories that are both passionate and precise.

Lev Raphael is the author of 17 books published in a dozen languages. A winner of the Lambda Literary Award, among many prizes, his short works have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the star-packed Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) A Jewish American Writer (Schocken/Random House). The author of a popular mystery series, he performs all over the country and hosts a weekly book show on NPR.

Contents
The tanteh
War stories
A new light
The cossacks
Caravans
Fresh air
Betrayed by David Bowie
Shouts of joy
Big girls don't cry
The life you have
Free man in Paris
Dreamland
Your papers, please
Gimme shelter
Nocturne
Welcome to Beth Homo
The pathfinder
The story of a plant
Roy's Jewish problem
Secret anniversaries of the heart
Dancing on Tisha B'Av
Another life
Abominations
The children
You're breaking my heart!

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Michigan NPR commentator Raphael is the author of Little Miss Evil and other mysteries; he also penned The German Money and other "second generation" fiction centered on the children of Holocaust survivors; coauthored Coming Out of Shame and other nonfiction works on being gay and Jewish; and wrote a memoir, Writing a Jewish Life, also pubbing in January (Reviews, Nov. 28). About half of these 25 stories are new; others appeared in his collection Dancing on Tisha B'Av. In many of them, the children of Holocaust survivors grapple with their parents' silences and disclosures, caught in the eddies of their losses and expectations. Many of the protagonists are gay, considering their Judaism and their sexuality with measures of passion and reluctance. Raphael's language is searching and expansive, but the awkward dance between Old and New World repeats from story to story; while the facts surrounding the tensions change, the characters take on a studied familiarity. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Children of Holocaust survivors -- Fiction.
Jewish gays -- Fiction.
American fiction -- Jewish authors.
Publisher Wellfleet, Mass. : St. Paul, Minn. :Leapfrog Press ;2006
Distributed in the United States by Consortium Book Sales,
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 242 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0972898476 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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