In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories (Paperback)

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Spanning the length and breadth of the twentieth century, Alice Mattison's masterful In Case We're Separated looks at a family of Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s and follows the urban, emotionally turbulent lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren against a backdrop of political assassination, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS epidemic. Beginning with the title story, which introduces Bobbie Kaplowitz--a single mother in 1954 Brooklyn whose lover is married and whose understanding of life is changed by a broken kitchen appliance--Mattison displays her unparalleled gift for storytelling and for creating rich, multidimensional characters, a gift that has led the Los Angeles Times to praise her as "a writer's writer."

Praise For…

“Devastating.... Mattison’s stories have an arresting focus and navigate the cliches of Jewish-American fiction firmly and knowingly.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Radiant... [In Case We’re Seperated] is a book filled with felicitous writing and ferocious insight.”
-New York Times Book Review

“You’ll want to read it a second time.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060937898
ISBN-10: 0060937890
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 21st, 2006
Pages: 226
Language: English