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“So, Ill be there by four, four-thirty at the latest. When does Shabbat begin? When? And lighting the candles? 8:03? All right, 8:03. Wait a sec, Mama wants to talk to you.” He handed her the phone.

“You and your Shabbat. My son an Orthodox Jew, I still cant believe it. Sorry, what? I already told him he shouldnt use the phone while hes driving. What? He looks awful. Like someone spit him out. And he rented the most ghastly car you can imagine. A pimps car. No, I wont fight with him. How are the children? Amadées swimming? And no ones lifeguarding him? Whats Julia up to? Youre down by the dock? Well thats good.”

When the call was over, she looked sideways at her son, reproachfully. “The cell phone stays with me from now on. Youre completely wound up! And whats ‘lighting the candles supposed to mean?”

“You were already at our house once for that, Mother. Its when we light the candles for Shabbat, the moment that separates the previous week from the day of rest. Madeleine lights the candles, then she spreads out her arms above them and draws them in three times in a circular motion to show that she embraces the sanctity of the Shabbat. Then she puts her hands over her eyes and says the blessing. Do you remember now?”

“My son an Orthodox Jew! Unfathomable . . .”

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Jungk, Peter Stephan
Other Press (NY)
Dollenmayer, David
Dollenmayer, David
Domestic fiction
Jewish fiction.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A Viennese fur dealer confronts his life's failures in this pleasantly bizarre novel from the author of The Perfect American. Gustav Rubin, a historian turned fur dealer, has returned from Europe to Manhattan to fetch his mother for a vacation at his lake house, but the trip goes awry at every turn, culminating in an epic traffic jam on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Lending a note of urgency is Gustav's need to arrive at his lake house by dusk; as an Orthodox Jew (a faith his mother neither shares nor much respects), he must cease driving before the Sabbath begins. Mother and son bicker and reminisce about Ludwig Rubin, the family's recently deceased patriarch, until Ludwig's gigantic body appears beneath the bridge, lolling in the Hudson River. Marveling at his father's enormous presence as he and his mother hammer out the many disappointments of his life, Gustav becomes increasingly aware of his parents' power over his life. An unusual and inventive work, Jungk's refreshingly strange images give some air to the otherwise claustrophobic narrative confines." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Crossing the Hudson" is a profound meditation on a Jewish family and its past, especially differences between the generation of European intellectual refugees who arrived in the United States during the Second World War and the children of that generation.
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