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Total Immersion : Stories

Goodman, Allegra

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ISBN 10: 0060159987 / ISBN 13: 9780060159986
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing (complete number line). SIGNED and inscribed by author on a bookplate decal on page opposite title. DJ lightly rubbed. $16.95 price on DJ flap. Book appears unread. Also includes laid-in a short story entitled "Apple Cake" from 2014 The New Yorker Magazine. Author's first book. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005121

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Title: Total Immersion : Stories

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection probing the idiosyncrasies and dilemmas of contemporary Jewish life deftly and with humor captures the struggle of merging group tradition with individuality and modernism, from the school, to the workplace, to personal relationships

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This exhilarating collection of 11 short stories marks the debut of a precocious 21-year-old Radcliffe College student. Most of Goodman's characters are observant Jews living in a believably rendered Oxford, England or Honolulu, Hawaii. While committed to fixed principles, these people must adapt to a shifting, alien and seductive world. Without ridicule, Goodman satirizes characters whose predicaments she, and most readers, share. In one story, a brilliant scholar must return to her roots not because she suddenly perceives the value of her culture but because her parents squander her tuition on a sister's wedding. In others, by turns grim and hilarious, reality and ideas clash in timeless fashion. But there is hope: "Improvement counts . . . you can all redeem yourself on the final," says French professor Sandra Lefkowitz in the title story; like her students, she is trying to find her place in an alien college community. Yet Goodman does not hinge her narratives on a single epiphany. She has an insight into human nature well beyond her chronological years, and, as evidenced here, a concise but resonant writing style that more mature writers might strive to emulate.
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