The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff

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The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff

And Other Stories

By Joseph Epstein

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618721955, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010


In his first collection of stories since Fabulous Small Jews, Joseph Epstein delivers all the pleasures his readers have come to expect: stories of ordinary men confronting the moments that define a life, told with the bittersweet humor and loving irony encompassed in the title of the book. These fourteen tales map a very particular world Jews whose lives are anchored in Chicago in rich, revealing detail even as they brim with universal longings: complex love affairs and unspoken rivalries, family triumphs and private disappointments. Epstein, who happens to possess a standup comic's gift for punch lines (New York Times Book Review), brings his emphatically grown-up characters to witty, rueful, and charming life. The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff is a marvelous collection from a master of the short form and one of the most distinctive writers working in America today.