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Zebra and Other Stories

Chaim Potok

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ISBN 10: 0679854401 / ISBN 13: 9780679854401
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Signed first edition. Signed by Potok on title page and dated 10/22/98. Unclipped. Closed tear on front of DJ, in middle of the panel, and a light oil stain (silver dollar-sized) that is barely visible on the DJ but stained through to the front board. DJ lightly worn at extremities. Endpapers and pages clean and crisp, unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 001232

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Title: Zebra and Other Stories

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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From the celebrated author of The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev comes an outstanding work of fiction for young adults.
Zebra and Other Stories charts moments of grief, crisis, or change for its teenage protagonists: an injury; the loss of a parent; one family's remembered grief, another's thinly buried secrets; the complex hopes that accompany a birth and the shattering impact of death. Containing six stories that are rich in drama and sharp in understanding, this is a memorable collection from a master storyteller that speaks clearly to young adults.  


Each of the six stories in Chaim Potok's lovely collection is titled simply with the name of the main character, reflecting the essence of these quiet selections--intense, exquisitely drawn portraits of the ordinary lives of young people. In "Zebra" a boy, with the help of a mysterious, unconventional art teacher, begins to regain the use of his crushed hand--and in the process heals a bit of his injured spirit. Secrets abound in "B.B.," where a young girl whose baby brother has died must cope with discovering the hidden realities about her family that are "too much of a secret for me to be carrying alone." "Nava" describes how a young woman handles a bully, calling upon the strength inspired by the words of a Native American family friend to confront a violent drug dealer.

The issues faced by these young adults--trust, divorce, grief, hope, peer and family dynamics--are common coming-of-age milestones. But what makes Potok's powerful work shine is that he clearly holds respect for the intelligence and intuition of young people, allowing them to decipher their own truths--refraining from preaching or hammering a point home. Potok, author of The Chosen, published several of these stories previously in adult publications. Nevertheless, these voices never sound dubiously mature for their teen years; they speak the straightforward, often strikingly insightful language of youth. As one young character notes, "I think losing your soul is when you can't tell a story about something that has happened to you." Indeed. Judging by the quality and craftsmanship of these tales, it's obvious that Potok is brimming with soul. (Ages 12 and older). --Brangien Davis

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