Total Immersion

By Allegra Goodman
(Dial Press, Paperback, 9780385332996, 304pp.)

Publication Date: August 7, 1998

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In "The Succession," the members of a prosperous Hawaii synagogue agree on almost nothing. But when the president of the synagogue absconds with a small fortune, far deeper—and more troubling—rifts emerge...In "The Closet," Evelyn's sister flees her family to take up residence in the attic—while the shunned Evelyn finds herself slipping into the waters of her sister's soul....In "Wish List," an expert on terrorism, vacationing at an academic retreat in England,receives a late-night phone call from National Public Radio. Asked for commentary on a hostage situation of which he is ignorant, Ed can whisper only: "It's unspeakable."

Total Immersion

In these and other exquisite stories, Allegra Goodman fills rooms with laughter and voices, captures dinner parties, seaside picnics, academic grudges, shul politics, and the kind of hurts that only families and lovers can know. Featuring two new stories previously published in The New Yorker, Total Immersion is Allegra Goodman's first collection of short fiction—a masterful work from one of the most powerful and eloquent voices on the American literary landscape.




About the Author
Allegra Goodman's first collection, "Total Immersion", was published in 1989. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker" and "Commentary", and has been selected for "Prize Stories 1995", "The 0. Henry Awards", and other anthologies. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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