A Bintel Brief: Love And Longing In Old New York by Liana FinckA Bintel Brief: Love And Longing In Old New York by Liana Finck

A Bintel Brief: Love And Longing In Old New York

byLiana Finck

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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In an illustrative style that is a thrilling mash-up of Art Spiegelman's deft emotionality, Roz Chast's hilarious neuroses, and the magical spirit of Marc Chagall, A Bintel Brief is Liana Finck’s evocative, elegiac love letter to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City and America itself.

A Bintel Brief "A Bundle of Letters"—was the enormously popular advice column of The Forward, the widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.

Drawn from these letters—selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her appealing two-color illustrations—A Bintel Brief is a tour of Lower East Side New York, and includes an imaginative conversation with the Yiddish "Dear Abby," Abraham Cahan, The Forward's legendary editor and creator of the Bintel Brief column.

From premarital sex to family politics to struggles with jobs and money, A Bintel Brief is an enlightening look at a segment of America's rich cultural past that offers fresh insights for our own lives as well.

Liana Finck studied fine art and graphic design at Cooper Union College. A former Fulbright fellow and recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, her work has appeared inThe New Yorker,The ForwardandTablet, among other publications. She lives in New York City.
Title:A Bintel Brief: Love And Longing In Old New YorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.12 × 7.38 × 0.29 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062291610

ISBN - 13:9780062291615

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“[A] rich, hilarious and authentic fable. …Finck’s versatility and imagination makes this book a delight.”