Yom Kippur in Amsterdam


Yom Kippur in Amsterdam
by Maxim D. Shrayer
6x9, 152 pages

Cloth: 978-0-8156-0918-6
Paper: 978-0-8156-0998-8
eBook: 978-0-8156-5105-5

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"This intricate, thoughtful collection explores the inexorable complexities of relationships and religion….Shrayer’s eight delicate stories trace his characters’ diverse struggles against the limits of tradition and culture."

"Professor and memoirist Shrayer (Waiting for America) delivers eight deliberate stories about educated, accomplished Russians who have uneasily settled in America. Many of these tales viscerally reveal the inability to shed one’s past."
Publishers Weekly

"Yom Kippur in Amsterdam…follows the efforts of Russian Jewish immigrants to come to terms with their pasts as they try to build new lives in America. [Shrayer’s] writing has qualities of humor, soulfulness and insight."
Jewish Week

"With simple prose and fascinating characters, and a positive message, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam is a fine collection of short stories which does not deserve to be ignored."
Midwest Book Review

"In Yom Kippur in Amsterdam...Shrayer explores the complex and often difficult adjustments of Russian-Jewish immigrants to American life...Throughout, the writing is soulful, evocative, and deeply detailed."
Jewish Book World

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