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Zebra and Other Storiesby Chaim Potok
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In Zebra, Chaim Potok tells six stories in which children face moments of crisis or grief and see themselves, their parents, and the world around them anew.
In the title story, Zebra, Adam Zebrin — known as Zebra — takes an art class with a disabled Vietnam vet the summer after he himself has suffered a crippling accident. Seeing the world through drawing and sculpture, Zebra begins to see himself and others with a new clearness, and to heal his injured hand.
In B.B., the teenage narrator accidentally discovers that his father intends to leave the family just as his mother is about to give birth to a new baby — a secret he must carry when his father changes his mind and returns.
In Nava, Nava looks for a way to protect herself from a drug dealing classmate, and finds it in both the physical stength of her father and the spiritual teaching of a Navaho Indian.
In Isabel new step-sisters Isabel and Betsy form a sudden, delicate and unexpected bond when their parents marry each other.
Moon is the-story of how an angry and reclusive teenager, Morgan — "Moon" — Vinten, is unexpecedly touched by the visit to his home of a Pakistani teenager and how he communicates his sense of loss when the Pakistani teenager is murdered.
In Max the memory of an uncle — Uncle Max — killed in Vietnam haunts the narrator's family. During a Thanksgiving weekend family gathering she sees herself — and her family suddenly sees her — as the inheritor of Max's legacy.
The protagonists in Zebra and Other Stories range in age from ten to fifteen. All are sharply aware of the adult world around them — its secrets and muddy complexity — and see it with the clear and unsparing perceptiveness ofyoung people growing up. Cahim Potok presents these stories with dramatic energy and gentle wisdom.
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.
About the Author
Chaim Potok was born and raised in New York City. He began to write fiction at the age of 16, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English literature from Yeshiva University, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. An ordained rabbi, he served as an army chaplain in Korea for sixteen months with, successively, a front-line medical battalion and an engineer combat battalion. His first novel, The Chosen, was nominated for a National Book Award and received the prestigious Edward Lewis Wallant Award. His other novels include My Name is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), and I Am the Clay.
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