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Joshua

Author : Andrew Kane
ISBN : 0990951545
Genre : Fiction
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Against a backdrop of racial tensions and spanning four decades, JOSHUA: A Brooklyn Tale explores the entanglements of three lives: Joshua Eubanks, a young black man struggling to overcome the crime, drugs, and despair of the streets; Rachel Weissman, daughter of a Hassidic rabbi, wrestling pangs of rebelliousness against the insular and restrictive practices of her religion; and Paul Sims, the product of a privileged Long Island Jewish family, yearning to escape his troubled past. Joshua first encounters Rachel in the local synagogue, where he works as an assistant to the custodian. Over the years their bond intensifies, though their lives diverge. Rachel aspires to be a doctor, a blasphemous choice for a woman in her culture. Joshua kills a man in self-defense and is alienated from his own community. Paul leaves his home to find solace in the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights. From different worlds and unaware they share a father, Joshua and Paul see their lives collide in a quest for Rachel's love. Through these and other challenges, culminating with the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Joshua explores the tensions between two communities in close physical proximity yet still worlds apart. Through Joshua, Rachel, and Paul, a vision of hope is offered, but is tempered by the reality of human frailty and tragedy.

Joshua

Author : Andrew Kane
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Against a backdrop of racial tensions and spanning four decades, Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale explores the entanglements of three lives: Joshua Eubanks, a young black man struggling to overcome the crime, drugs, and despair of the streets; Rachel Weissman, daughter of a Hassidic rabbi, wrestling pangs of rebelliousness against the insular and restrictive practices of her religion; and Paul Sims, the product of a privileged Long Island Jewish family, yearning to escape his troubled past. Joshua first encounters Rachel in the local synagogue, where he works as an assistant to the custodian. Over the years their bond intensifies, though their lives diverge. Rachel aspires to be a doctor, a blasphemous choice for a woman in her culture. Joshua kills a man in self defense, and is alienated from his own community. Paul leaves his home to find solace in the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights. From different worlds and unaware they share a father, Joshua and Paul see their lives collide in a quest for Rachel’s love. Through these and other challenges, culminating with the 1991 Crown Heights riots, this story explores the tensions between two communities in close physical proximity, but still worlds apart. Through Joshua, Rachel, and Paul, a vision of hope is offered, but tempered by the realities of human frailty and tragedy. ForeWord Review - In this gripping, multi-layered narrative of racial tensions in Brooklyn spanning four decades, from the late 1950s up until theCrown Heights riots in 1991, the triumphs and challenges of three main characters are traced from age nine through their early forties. Joshua is a young black man who had moved from Bedford Stuyvesant to Crown Heights at age nine with his single mother; Rachel is the daughter of a Hasidic Rabbi; and Paul lives on Long Island in an affluent suburb with his non-Orthodox Jewish parents. Seemingly from different backgrounds, they share similar struggles. As they negotiate personal relationships, including romantic feelings for each other, readers are drawn into their lives as they grapple with a series of conflicts over a long period of time, aware of all of their thoughts and desires, creating a strong sense of emotional engagement. Parental expectations weigh heavily on the decisions of each character and is a consistent theme, further drawing readers in. When Rachel and Joshua are attracted to each other as teens, they must deal with the fact that Rachel's parents won't approve because of their racial and religious differences. Paul must break away from his immediate family when he chooses to study Hasidic religious principles. Rachel tries to balance her desire to become a doctor with her parent's expectation that she will solely devote herself to being a wife and mother, as is customary for women in the Orthodox culture. While Joshua does not have a close relationship with his own father, a professor eventually serves a similar role and places expectations on him. Each is faced with either living up to these expectations or disappointing an authority figure. As adults, the character's lives continue to intersect, in both tragic circumstances and courageous moments. Eventually they must confront prejudices not only among their various communities but within their own communities as well. Their decisions ultimately require them to choose to either perpetuate or combat the prejudices that have confined them throughout their lives. As Joshua, Rachel, and Paul make those life-changing decisions, and they experience the heartbreak of unfilled romantic desires, unrealized professional dreams, and devastating illness, readers, who now understand the totality of their life experiences from age nine on, will be rooting for them to persevere and overcome the obstacles. Using lively dialogue and vivid detail, the author traces the lives of three specific characters and transports readers back to a particular time and place in contemporary American history, but the themes explored are universal and will be relatable to many. (December 2011) MARIA SIANO

Joshua

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Against a backdrop of racial tensions and spanning four decades, Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale explores the entanglements of three lives: Joshua Eubanks, a young black man struggling to overcome the crime, drugs, and despair of the streets; Rachel Weissman, daughter of a Hassidic rabbi, wrestling pangs of rebelliousness against the insular and restrictive practices of her religion; and Paul Sims, the product of a privileged Long Island Jewish family, yearning to escape his troubled past. Joshua first encounters Rachel in the local synagogue, where he works as an assistant to the custodian. Over the years their bond intensifies, though their lives diverge. Rachel aspires to be a doctor, a blasphemous choice for a woman in her culture. Joshua kills a man in self defense, and is alienated from his own community. Paul leaves his home to find solace in the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights. From different worlds and unaware they share a father, Joshua and Paul see their lives collide in a quest for Rachel’s love. Through these and other challenges, culminating with the 1991 Crown Heights riots, this story explores the tensions between two communities in close physical proximity, but still worlds apart. Through Joshua, Rachel, and Paul, a vision of hope is offered, but tempered by the realities of human frailty and tragedy. ForeWord Review - In this gripping, multi-layered narrative of racial tensions in Brooklyn spanning four decades, from the late 1950s up until theCrown Heights riots in 1991, the triumphs and challenges of three main characters are traced from age nine through their early forties. Joshua is a young black man who had moved from Bedford Stuyvesant to Crown Heights at age nine with his single mother; Rachel is the daughter of a Hasidic Rabbi; and Paul lives on Long Island in an affluent suburb with his non-Orthodox Jewish parents. Seemingly from different backgrounds, they share similar struggles. As they negotiate personal relationships, including romantic feelings for each other, readers are drawn into their lives as they grapple with a series of conflicts over a long period of time, aware of all of their thoughts and desires, creating a strong sense of emotional engagement. Parental expectations weigh heavily on the decisions of each character and is a consistent theme, further drawing readers in. When Rachel and Joshua are attracted to each other as teens, they must deal with the fact that Rachel's parents won't approve because of their racial and religious differences. Paul must break away from his immediate family when he chooses to study Hasidic religious principles. Rachel tries to balance her desire to become a doctor with her parent's expectation that she will solely devote herself to being a wife and mother, as is customary for women in the Orthodox culture. While Joshua does not have a close relationship with his own father, a professor eventually serves a similar role and places expectations on him. Each is faced with either living up to these expectations or disappointing an authority figure. As adults, the character's lives continue to intersect, in both tragic circumstances and courageous moments. Eventually they must confront prejudices not only among their various communities but within their own communities as well. Their decisions ultimately require them to choose to either perpetuate or combat the prejudices that have confined them throughout their lives. As Joshua, Rachel, and Paul make those life-changing decisions, and they experience the heartbreak of unfilled romantic desires, unrealized professional dreams, and devastating illness, readers, who now understand the totality of their life experiences from age nine on, will be rooting for them to persevere and overcome the obstacles. Using lively dialogue and vivid detail, the author traces the lives of three specific characters and transports readers back to a particular time and place in contemporary American history, but the themes explored are universal and will be relatable to many. (December 2011) MARIA SIANO

Joshua

Author : Andrew Kane
ISBN : 9780990951551
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Joshua Eubanks and Paul Sims moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for very different reasons. Joshua, a young black man, came with his single mother to escape the crime and despair of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Paul left his life of privilege in Long Island to study Judaism with the Hasidic Lubavitch movement. They live in two different worlds separated by a few city blocks, but their hearts both yearn for Rachel Weissman, the daughter of a respected rabbi, who is torn between her aspiration to become a doctor and her obligation to obey the insular restrictions of her religion. As they establish lives in their respective communities, they are increasingly expected to take sides in growing tensions that would explode into the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale views four decades through three lives. Andrew Kane’s novel is a love story about loneliness, a reflection on the value of community that acknowledges that it takes a village to raise a mob, a tale of public dysfunction and personal demons, and an image of the frail beauty of humanity that somehow survives.

The Night The Day

Author : Andrew Kane
ISBN : 9780990951537
Genre : Fiction
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Famed psychologist Martin Rosen is confident he can treat Jacques Benoît, an enigmatic and evasive hotel magnate who recently attempted suicide. But nothing in Martin’s vast experience could prepare him for the evil hiding in Benoît’s past. Martin's new girlfriend also has something to hide. As does Galit Stein, a Mossad agent obsessed with hunting down the world’s most notorious Nazi war criminals. From the streets of Lyon, France – when the Vichy government helped the Nazis ship Jews to concentration camps – to the suburbs of New York City five decades later, The Night, The Day is a thrilling journey from darkness to light as these lives collide on a path of discovery, justice, love and redemption. In his riveting third novel, Kane has drawn upon years of research and a lifetime of personal conviction to deliver his most compelling work yet.

Rabbi Rabbi

Author : Andrew Kane
ISBN : 0990951588
Genre : Fiction
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Descending from a long line of revered rabbis, Yakov is expected to follow in his father's footsteps as the leader of an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn. But for Yakov, who questions his faith from an early age, becoming a rabbi is more an obligation than a calling. One summer, he discovers love in Rebecca, a young woman who challenges both his beliefs and his doubts. All too quickly, a family secret tears them apart and their lives diverge. Confused and curious, Yakov pursues a secular education alongside his rabbinical training. A chance encounter reunites him with Rebecca, who he learns is also studying to become a rabbi. His relationship with her blooms as he and his father continue to drift. But what will become of his relationship with God? This 20th anniversary re-release of Rabbi, Rabbi, Kane's debut novel, is a masterfully written, deeply engrossing portrait of modern American Judaism. Now more than ever, Kane's intimate prose will move any reader who has ever struggled with the complexities of faith, family, love, and personal identity.

Book Of Numbers

Author : Joshua Cohen
ISBN : 9780812996920
Genre : Fiction
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VULTURE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE WALL STREET JOURNAL • A monumental, uproarious, and exuberant novel about the search—for love, truth, and the meaning of Life With The Internet. “More impressive than all but a few novels published so far this decade . . . a wheeling meditation on the wired life, on privacy, on what being human in the age of binary code might mean . . . [Joshua] Cohen, all of thirty-four, emerges as a major American writer.”—The New York Times The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world’s most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a mind-bending world tour from Palo Alto to Dubai and beyond, initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication. Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, international thriller, family drama, sex comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the full range of modern experience both online and off. Embodying the Internet in its language, it finds the humanity underlying the virtual. Featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction, Book of Numbers is an epic of the digital age, a triumph of a new generation of writers, and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do. Please note that Book of Numbers uses a special pagination system inspired by binary notation: the part number precedes the page number, and is separated from it by a decimal point. Praise for Book of Numbers “The Great American Internet Novel is here. . . . Book of Numbers is a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web. . . . A page-turner about life under the veil of digital surveillance . . . one of the best novels ever written about the Internet.”—Rolling Stone “A startlingly talented novelist . . . [His] deeply rewarding novel is about an online religion gone wrong—and its importance lies in the fact that nearly all of us in the modernized world are members of that faith, whether we know it or not.”—The Wall Street Journal “Remarkable . . . dazzling . . . Cohen’s literary gifts . . . suggest that something is possible, that something still might be done to safeguard whatever it is that makes us human.”—Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books “A hugely ambitious novel set in the high-tech world of now . . . a verbal high-wire act, daring in its tones and textures: clever, poetic, fast-moving, deeply playful, filled with jokes, savvy about machines, wise about people, dazzling and engrossing.”—Colm Tóibín, The Guardian “Joshua Cohen is the Great American Novelist. . . . Like Pynchon and Wallace, Cohen can write with tireless virtuosity about absolutely everything.”—Adam Kirsch, Tablet “A digital-age Ulysses.”—The New York Times Book Review “The next candidate for the Great American Novel . . . David Foster Wallace–level audacious.”—Details “A brilliant book.”—The Boston Globe From the Hardcover edition.

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