Title: Baker : A Novel
Publisher: Random House Inc April 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
Near Fine with near fine dust Jacket.Signed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 20080601100803
Synopsis: Evocative of the classic urban tales of Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, and Henry Roth, Paul Hond's The Baker is an unforgettable story of romance, music, and bread set in contemporary Baltimore.
The baker is Mickey Lerner--family man, ex-boxer, Jewish merchant, a man of confused passions who exists in a community polarized by racial mistrust. One day, Mickey's life is changed by a shocking crime, forcing him to explore the mysteries of his marriage and the awkwardness of life with his eighteen-year-old son. Mickey must also face the racial tension surrounding him--a legacy of violence between blacks and whites that threatens both his family and his bakery. Above all, Mickey must confront himself: his feelings, his desires, and the memory of a tragic event from his past.
Paul Hond has written a profoundly moving novel that never flinches in describing the dynamics of race and class, while offering a poignant vision of redemption. Powerful and compassionate, The Baker is a timeless work of fiction by a young writer whose voice will linger in the memory of readers for years to come.
From the Back Cover:
"This is an astonishing debut, especially from such a young man. How does he understand the complexities of middle age? His depiction of the unlikely marriage between an unworldly baker and a French violinist is splendid. The plotting of the book is superb. The discussion of the suspicious relationship between Jews and blacks is right on target. This novel is a huge contribution to the growing literature of American Jewish writers."
--Carla Cohen, owner of Politics and Prose bookstore, Washington, D.C.
"Paul Hond has written a searching, inquisitive, deeply mature book that illuminates and ennobles a spectrum of the human experience, from racism to friendship to love. His insight is carried on prose as original and incisive as that of any other writer I know. And his characters are as multidimensional, unexpected, and real as only a born writer can produce."
--Neil Gordon, author of Sacrifice of Isaac
"The Baker is a real achievement. Rich and intelligent, elegant and strong, Paul Hond's prose and insight create a world that is both authentic and absorbing. This is an extraordinary first novel."
--Ann Hood, author of The Properties of Water
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