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  • Series: Literary Modernism Series
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292706618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292706613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,419,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Ukraine to Brooklyn and from Brooklyn to western Massachusetts and Florida, wandering Jews stray far from their geographical, cultural and spiritual homes in Neugeboren's assured third collection of stories (after Corky's Brother and Don't Worry About the Kids). His characters exhibit complex symptoms of their displacement, self-imposed or otherwise, in these tales about memory and dislocation, many of which are framed as reminiscences. In "Poppa's Books," one of the collection's most moving stories, two sons, age five and eight, are buffeted between their immigrant parents, an impoverished book peddler who was an honored and learned man in the old country and a woman warped with bitterness over her husband's failure to achieve the American dream. A desolate, modern-day Amherst, Mass., is the setting for "Good in Bed," in which a middle-aged, Brooklyn-born academic finds comfort in the arms of an Italian-Catholic grad student when his gentile wife demands a divorce. In "Lev Kogan's Journey," Neugeboren eloquently captures another Massachusetts man's conflicted sense of peoplehood when a charming Soviet refusenik seduces him and his family in more ways than one. Though a few pieces (e.g., the title story) read as more labored and self-conscious, this is an evocative collection from a confident storyteller. (May)
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Neugeboren is at the top of his form. . . It is high time for a wider audience. -- Sanford Pinsker, The Forward, May 6, 2005

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JAY NEUGEBOREN is the author of 18 books, including two prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew and Before My Life Began), two prize-winning books of non-fiction (Imagining Robert:My Brother, Madness, and Survival and Transforming Madnes: New Lives for People Living with Mental Illness), and four collections of award-winning stories. His most recent novel, 1940, was long-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Two new novels are scheduled for publication: The Other Side of the World, Fall 2012, and The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company, Spring 2013.
His stories and essays have appeared widely (in The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, The New York Times, GQ, Newsweek, Midstream, Hadassah, Sport, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Authors Guild Bulletin, etc.), and have been reprinted in more than 50 anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.
His screenplay for The Hollow Boy, which premiered on American Playhouse, has won many honors, including top prize at the Houston International Film Festival. An award winning documentary film based on Imagining Robert, in which he co-starred with his brother, and for which he wrote the script, has been appearing nationally on PBS stations since 2004. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and is the only author to have won six consecutive Syndicated Fiction Prizes. His archive is housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas.
He has given Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, North Shore Hospital, Bay State Medical Center, Roosevelt-St. Lukes Hospital, and other medical facilities, and has been keynote speaker nationally and internationally for numerous mental health organizations, including the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization.
Mr. Neugeboren was Professor and Writer-in-Residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has taught at other universities, including Stanford, Indiana, S.U.N.Y. at Old Westbury, and Freiburg (Germany). He now lives and writes in New York City, where he is on the faculty of the Writing Program of the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University.
A full list of his publications, along with other information about Mr. Neugeboren, including excerpts from reviews of his highly praised 2011 short story collection, You Are My Heart, can be found at


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rita M. Bleiman on August 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say up front -- I am a Philistine. I struggle with poetry (or mostly avoid it); tend to fall asleep mid-sentence when reading overly-literary books; and often, when I finish a short story, I scratch my head and say "huh?"

But, I have read a couple of Jay Neugeboren's novels and so I thought I'd give this collection a scan one evening while propped up on pillows waiting for Jon Stewart to come on. I missed Jon Stewart that night, so rivited was I to these stories.

I'm not going to go into each tale or even say which were my favoirtes. Some are touching, some are humorous, and some are depressing, but all are arresting, surprising and thought provoking. Even the dedication is a story -- one that brought me to tears.

Knowing that it might threaten my status as a Philistine, I nonetheless would like to mention that it is a joy to read Neugeboren's writing -- to study his sentence structure, word choices, and timing. He is a literary writer who is at once complex and accessible.

Rita Bleiman

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