There Is No Other (Paperback)
From the streets of modern Israel to the barrooms of Brooklyn to a suburban New England synagogue, the characters in these 10 stories search for love and acceptance in a world scarred by loss and loneliness. In “The Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim,” an Iraq war veteran sees a vision of the Virgin Mary on the eve of the Jewish high holidays. In “My Darling Sweetheart Baby,” a working-class drunk waits on his stoop for his disability check and the courage to proclaim his love to a local prostitute. And in the title story “There Is No Other,” a rage-filled Jewish boy, tormented by his African lineage, arrives at a school Purim party dressed as the prophet Mohammed. Magical, erotic, spiritually penetrating and terrifyingly realistic, these provocative tales continue the storytelling tradition of Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, and Nathan Englander.
About the Author
Jonathan Papernick is a writer-in-residence at Emerson College and the author of The Ascent of Eli Israel and Who By Fire, Who By Blood. He lives in Boston.
"Papernick’s penetrating, clear-sighted stories ring true." —New York Times Book Review
"It is Papernick’s sense of the surreal, his dark humor and his consciousness of the deep roots of Jewish and Muslim culture that distinguish this collection." —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
"An utterly original writer—one who doesn't rely on gimmicks, but rather on amazingly real characters and consistently page-turning plots." —Dara Horn, author, In the Image