The Wedding Jester
By Steve Stern
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555972905, 232pp.)
Publication Date: April 1999
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The New York Times has called Steve Stern "a prodigiously talented writer who arrives unheralded like one of the apparitions in his own stories." The Philadelphia Inquirer has said, "Steve Stern is an astonishing writer." Whatever the source, the critics agree that Stern offers immense delight, and outright laughs, throughout his award-winning books. The Wedding Jester offers a new chance to journey to Stern's magical Jewish otherworld-- where fantastical events are commonplace, and rabbis-- sometimes frequently-- take flight.
Steve Stern is the author of several works of fiction, most recently A Plague of Dreamers. His honors include two New York Times Notable Books, a Pushcart Writer's Choice Award, an O. Henry Prize, and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction. Stern was born in Memphis, Tennessee and now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
"What good news-- more stories by Steve Stern! I am a zealous admirer of his one-of-a-kind imagination and his miraculous sentences."--Cynthia Ozick
"To be a true inheritor carries with it the responsibility of expanding that tradition and keeping it vital. In The Wedding Jester, Steve Stern does both. Only a writer with a deep reverence for and a connection with the ancient story-telling power of his rich folkloric sources could concoct the often irreverently comic twists that distinguish these genuinely marvelous-- and always vital-- stories."--Stuart Dybek