The House Of Moses All-stars: A Novel

Paperback | March 1, 1998

byCharley Rosen

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An all-Jewish basketball team barnstorms across Depression-era americanca, confronting prejudice and point-shaving in this 'some-times agonizing, frequently hilarious' novel (Chicago Tribune) by 'the game's foremost chronicler' (Wall Street Journal).

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The seven members of an all-Jewish basketball team, barnstorming in Depression-era America, confront the prejudices of the nation, as well as their own souls, in a wry and ardent road novel. "A tale of much more than sport. Rosen gives us a sometimes agonizing, often hilarious journey through American history, and a poignant account of...

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An all-Jewish basketball team barnstorms across Depression-era americanca, confronting prejudice and point-shaving in this 'some-times agonizing, frequently hilarious' novel (Chicago Tribune) by 'the game's foremost chronicler' (Wall Street Journal).

Charley Rosen is an author and former American basketball coach. From 1983-1986, he was an assistant to Phil Jackson with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He also served as head coach of the Patroons, as well as the CBA's Rockford Lightning and Savannah (Ga.) Spirits. The 6-foot-8 Rosen played colleg...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.06 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156005700

ISBN - 13:9780156005708

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The seven members of an all-Jewish basketball team, barnstorming in Depression-era America, confront the prejudices of the nation, as well as their own souls, in a wry and ardent road novel. "A tale of much more than sport. Rosen gives us a sometimes agonizing, often hilarious journey through American history, and a poignant account of what keeps a man running".--CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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With a premise that sounds like an urban legend, college basketball coach Rosen launches his seventh book on basketball (after the novel The Cockroach Basketball League), taking readers on a wild road trip in a renovated hearse with "seven jumbo Jews." In the midst of the Depression, Aaron Steiner joins a Jewish professional basketball team, the House of Moses All-Stars, on a cross-country tour from New York to California. In addition to Aaron, who joined the team after losing his baby, his wife and his dreams of basketball success, the players in the hearse include a Communist, a Zionist, a bank robber and a redheaded Irishman posing as a Jew. All are running from problems at home and hope to be "an example or something." But the boys get lost before they leave N.Y.C.?and, unfortunately, so does the reader. Set against the hardship and fear of the times, the novel seems to hope to explore what it means to be an outsider in America. Yet, while Rosen is long on road-trip atmosphere (bored waitresses, lukewarm bowls of oatmeal and dank locker rooms), he is short on character development and plot. A string of racial epithets and stereotypes, for example, is what constitutes an exploration of racism here. The narrative is littered with sophomoric sex jokes and lame vulgarities: "Looking back, I can hardly recall anything that I learned in my classroom. Oh yes... from my anatomy class?the handbone connected to the dick bone"?a joke that provides an apt, if unfortunate, metaphor for the spirit of this novel.