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Product Information

  • AR Level5.9
  • AR Quiz Number68899
  • AR Quiz Points13
  • AuthorBernard Malamud
  • Page Count264
  • ISBN100374504849
  • ISBN139780374504847
  • PublisherFarrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Year Published2003
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectClassic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • IntroductionJonathan Rosen

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Introduction by Jonathan Rosen Bernard Malamud's second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who "wants better" for himself and his family. First two robbers hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But then there are complications. Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store. Like Malamud's best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers.

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