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In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a Modern Orthodox Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father; Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic rebbe), the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love. (This is not a conventional children's book, although it will move any wise child age 12 or older, and often appears on summer reading lists for high school students.)
Enjoyed the book. I also learned about the Jewish faith as well. I thought the characters were very interesting and the book made me think also. I recommend it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by narmfield
Great book, purchase this for my brother's book report! He highly recommend it!Published 2 months ago by Bootskyler90
I read this book in my book club. The person who suggested the book had read it as a young adult and it was a favorite book. I thought the book was slow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randy
Perhaps the greatest book written about the Jewish communities in the 1950'sPublished 2 months ago by Neil Levy
This was the second time I read this book, and second time I purchased it. Its a great read and will teach the non Jew a bit more about Judiasm and Hasidism and its an interesting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Hudson
I got this for my daughter who was given this as a summer reading assignment. It was very inexpensive which made me very happy and filled her homework assignment need. 2 birds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JaCee