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Many Voices Project #124: The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories
Synopses & Reviews
"[A] haunting and exhilarating story collection of the first order. The prose is luminous and passionate, the characters quietly heroic, the themes complex and resonant, and the plots faithful to the ambiguities of life."—John Dufresne
Not since The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism. Jacob Lampart's stories about New York literary life and the Jewish American experience awaken memories of early Philip Roth and forever Bernard Malamud."—C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor, The Atlantic
The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories explores difficulties Jews face while trying to balance their religious practices with the fast-paced, modern society of New York City. Their lives captured in moments of crisis, Jacob Lampart's protagonists range from an artist attempting to escape obscurity to a mother struggling to decide how to raise her adopted Chinese daughter.
Jacob Lampart has lived in Israel since the 1980s, dividing his time annually between Jerusalem and his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
This collection explores various difficulties that present-day Jews face trying to balance their religious beliefs with modern society.
About the Author
Jacob Lampart: Jacob Lampart was born in Legnica, Poland in 1946. After a few short years in France, he came through Ellis Island in 1950 to Brooklyn, New York where he grew up. Like most immigrants, Lampart had to learn English— his native language being Yiddish. In his youth he attended orthodox Jewish yeshivas and later attended Brooklyn College for his BA and San Francisco State where he received his MA. Putting his education to good use, Lampart worked a variety of jobs: caseworker, college instructor, technical assistant at NY Public Library, editor, translator, and ghostwriter. Over the years he has also authored the short stories that appear in this collection, several of which have been previously published in Commentary, Greensboro Review, and Green Mountains Review.
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