Yom Kippur in Amsterdam: Stories (Library of Modern Jewish Literature)

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Whether set in Maxim D. Shrayer's native Russia or in North America and Western Europe, the eight stories in this collection explore emotionally intricate relationships that cross traditional boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and culture. Tracing the lives, obsessions, and aspirations of Jewish-Russian immigrants, these poignant, humorous, and tender stories create an expansive portrait of individuals struggling to come to terms with ghosts of their European pasts while simultaneously seeking to build new lives in their American present.

The title story follows Jake Glaz, a young Jewish man apprehensive about marrying a Catholic woman. After realizing Erin will not convert, Jake leaves the United States to spend Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, "a beautiful place for a Jew to atone." In "Sonetchka" a literary scholar and his former girlfriend from Moscow reunite in her suburban Connecticut apartment. As they reminisce about their Soviet youth and quietly admire each other's professional successes, both wrestle with the curious mix of prosperity, loneliness, and insecurity that defines their lives in the United States.

Yom Kippur in Amsterdam takes the immigrant narrative into the twenty-first century. Emerging from the traditions of Isaac Babel, Vladimir Nabokov, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, Shrayer's vibrant literary voice significantly contributes to the evolution of Jewish writing in America.

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Praise for Shrayer's Waiting for America...

"Waiting for America is one of those memoirs, like Nabokov's Speak, Memory, that is more about feeling than narrative."
-- The Boston Globe

"The glory of this book lies in Shrayer's sinuous, neo-Proustian prose, beautifully fluid and perceptive with its luminous shocks of recognition, landscapes, descriptions and asides....Tales and teller mesmerize and delight."
-- The Providence Journal

"All painted in colorful detail by this poet-writer with an eye for detail..."
-- Newton Magazine/Brookline Magazine

"Now, after twenty successful years as an American, Shrayer reminisces about that difficult period with charm, insight, and unexpected humor. A lovely read."
-- Jewish Book World

About the Author:

Maxim D. Shrayer was born in Moscow in 1967 and immigrated to the United States in 1987. He is professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College. Among Shrayer's books are the critical studies The World of Nabokov's Stories and Russian Poet/Soviet Jew; the literary memoir Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration; and collection of stories;Yom Kippur in Amsterdam. A bilingual author and translator, Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award for his Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

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