In Case We're Separated: Connected Stories (Paperback)
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."
“Devastating.... Mattison’s stories have an arresting focus and navigate the cliches of Jewish-American fiction firmly and knowingly.”
“Radiant... [In Case We’re Seperated] is a book filled with felicitous writing and ferocious insight.”
“You’ll want to read it a second time.”