An Hour In Paradise by Joan LeegantAn Hour In Paradise by Joan Leegant

An Hour In Paradise

byJoan Leegant

Paperback | August 17, 2004

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Joan Leegant's collection takes its title from the Yiddish proverb "Even an hour in Paradise is worthwhile." In settings from Jerusalem to Queens, from Hollywood's outskirts to Sarasota, Florida, the characters in this mesmerizing debut collection are drawn to the seductions of religion, soldiering on in search of divine and human connection. A former drug dealer turned yeshiva student faces his past with a dying AIDS patient. A disaffected American in the ancient city of Safed ventures into Kabbalist mysticism and gets more than he bargained for. A rabbi whose morning minyan is visited by a pair of Siamese twins considers the possibility that his guests are not mere mortals. An aging Jerusalemite chronicles his country's changes during the biblical year of rest. By turns poignant and comic, unflinching and compassionate—with a dose of fabulist daring—An Hour in Paradise explores the dangers and unforeseen rewards of our most fundamental longings.
Joan Leegant, author of An Hour in Paradise and Wherever You Go, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
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Title:An Hour In ParadiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 17, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393325849

ISBN - 13:9780393325843

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Fresh, compassionate and lucid....Fans of Allegra Goodman, Nathan Englander, even the magical exuberance of Jonathan Safran Foer will greet this collection warmly. — Miami HeraldThroughout these stories, Leegant reveals herself to be an empathic, gifted creator of people and worlds. Thought-provoking and funny, touching and disturbing, this is an auspicious debut. — Publishers WeeklyThis collection is a dream of a read, its lovable characters drawn with wit and warmth. — Elinor LipmanLeegant is a gifted storyteller, blessed with the insight and wisdom to highlight moments that change and define whole lives. — Jill McCorkleProse of fine-boned clarity and compassion. — The New York Times Book ReviewA collection [that] dazzles with humanity and other-worldliness. — Jerusalem ReportOne wants to shout out the word that a new, very talented...writer has arrived. — New Jersey Jewish NewsA stunning debut. — Cleveland Jewish NewsLeegant is as skilled at conveying a virgin’s tingling sexual curiosity as she is at portraying an old man’s grappling with the mystery of miracles. — BooklistEach [story] is a gem. — Jewish News of Greater Phoenix