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2:00--3:15pm Sun., Nov. 16
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Set in a failing Brooklyn grocery, Malamud's 1957 novel follows shop owner Morris Bober as his lightless existence is touched and confused by hardworking Frank Alpine, an "Italyener" he doesn't so much hire as inherit. Over the course of Alpine's short tenure, he steals from Bober, falls in love with his charmless daughter, and converts to Judaism. Malamud negotiates his bleak subject without sentimentality. Like many of Malamud's stories, The Assistant poignantly (and perfectly) captures the specific struggles of immigrants in language both plain and poetic.
Judaism, Brooklyn, immigrants
American Literature | Fiction | Jewish Studies
Malamud, Bernard, "The Assistant" (2008). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 2.