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A Brooklyn Tale

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Joshua Eubanks and Paul Sims moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for very different reasons. Joshua, a young black man, came with his single mother to escape the crime and despair of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Paul left his life of privilege in Long Island to study Judaism with the Hasidic Lubavitch movement.

They live in two different worlds separated by a few city blocks, but their hearts both yearn for Rachel Weissman, the daughter of a respected rabbi, who is torn between her aspiration to become a doctor and her obligation to obey the insular restrictions of her religion. As they establish lives in their respective communities, they are increasingly expected to take sides in growing tensions that would explode into the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale views four decades through three lives. Andrew Kane’s novel is a love story about loneliness, a reflection on the value of community that acknowledges that it takes a village to raise a mob, a tale of public dysfunction and personal demons, and an image of the frail beauty of humanity that somehow survives.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 09, 2012 – Kane's sprawling novel charts the ways in which two divergent communities in Brooklyn, N.Y. the Hassidic and African-American populations of Crown Heights converge through an exploration of the interconnected lives of Joshua, an African-American man struggling with drugs and crime; Rachel, the daughter of a rabbi; and privileged Paul, from a Long Island Jewish family, who hopes to escape his troubled past. Perhaps overambitious in his scope, Kane attempts to cover everything from city life and life on the street to race relations and religion, shoehorning in race riots, interracial love triangles, adultery, a secret love child, therapy, murder, rape, incest, blasphemy and that's when things really start to take off. The author certainly has a story to tell, and while there's nothing especially original about the way he tells it, readers willing to commit to this profuse novel will be entertained.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Feb 26, 2015
  • Publisher: Berwick Court Publishing
  • Seller: Berwick Court Publishing Co.
  • Print Length: 472 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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