Shlepping the Exile

Shlepping the Exile

Book - 2014
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"Svelte and supple as unleavened bread, Shlepping the Exile rends the shmaltz from Jewish fiction and replaces it with a pound of real flesh. It's the story of Yoine Levkes, a hassidic boy of the Canadian prairies, his refugee parents, and the Jewish community of Coalbanks, Alberta in the late 1950s. Confronted with dying people, an ailing culture, the perils of near-orphanhood and the allures of Sabina Mandelbroit, whose family doesn't keep the Sabbath, Yoine can no longer tell whether he's a human being or a loot-bag of conflicting traditions. He's too religious to be 'normal,' too 'normal' not to realize this, and too much of a kid to be able to make any sense of it. Shlepping the Exile is an inside portrait of orthodox, post-Holocaust Judaism in a place that it never expected to be"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312364632
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 22 cm


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KCLSRecommends Oct 15, 2014

One truly quirky story of an oddball Jewish boy growing up and (trying to) discover girls in Coalbanks, Alberta in the late 1950s. And good thing there is a glossary in the back as there is certainly a lot of Yiddish peppered throughout the whimsical text.


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