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Debra Spark

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About the Author

Debra Spark is the author of the novel Coconuts for the Saint, for which she was the recipient of the 1995 John Zacharis First Book Award. She is an alumna of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her work has appeared in several publications, incuding Esquire, Agni, North American Review, Ploughshares, mostrar mais and Epoch. She teaches fiction writing at Colby College in Maine. mostrar menos

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Associated Works

Sister to Sister (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
North Yarmouth, Maine, USA
Colby College
Warren Wilson College



The book is great, as it tells many stories from many people, based on favorite recipes, and the memories and events that surrounded those recipes. But I did struggle to read it a little. It is not one easily read in one sitting. A few chapters at a time are best to comprehend everything and get the most out of this book. It would look nice sitting out on a table for others to pick up, and great to take to the doctor's office to read a few chapters while waiting. The theme is apparent that food is not just a product to be digested, but a way to try new things, socialize, have fun and more. The proceeds from this book go to a great cause called Project Angel. Project Angel is a charity to combat hunger.… (mais)
doehlberg63 | Dec 2, 2023 |
This was a very unique collection of short stories (and a novella in two parts) revolving around themes of Jewish life, being an artist and just being all around, a bit different. There are also staggeringly beautiful moments about relationships, however, not necessarily the good parts of relationships, but the uneasiness when two people are growing apart or falling out of love. Sometimes the stories get a little weird and I'm not sure all the endings match up that well with what preceded them. But that said, the writing is very engaging and I cared to learn about these people and their problems, interests and yearnings. I read the entire book in a couple of days. It seemed there was a bit of many people I know in most of these characters. Recommended, especially for something a bit off the beaten path, or those looking to discover some new and different short stories.… (mais)
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CarolynSchroeder | Jan 24, 2013 |
This modernization of the Esther story left a lot to be desired. The writing was quite poor and the story extremely contrived. She was trying to show that anti-semitism exists even today in the liberal city of Madison, Wisconsin.
suesbooks | 2 outras críticas | Mar 7, 2011 |
Set in Madison, Wisconsin, Good for the Jews centers around Ellen Hirschorn and her cousin Mose (the man who raised her and her sister after her parents died in a car crash). The story follows the two through a critical time in their lives and the life of their community. In her early 20's, Ellen is embarking on her first relationship with Alex Decker, the superintendent of schools and 18 years her senior. Mose, after over a decade with the school system and many times celebrated as an excellent teacher, is facing a change in the school's leadership (a new principal) with the stubbornness of someone sure he is right.

The two stories intersect in the school system and in the Jewish community. The story addresses questions around overt and covert anti-Semitism and discrimination. One of the ways the author does this is by presenting strong characters with strong opinions as polar opposites (Mose and the new principal) leaving Ellen to differentiate the two and find her truth, find her voice, and taking a stand for what is right.

The mystery is revealed slowly and it kept me turning the pages. My only disappointment was with the ending. I thought Ms. Sparks could have revealed the final secrets in a less rushed, more thoughtful fashion. However, I deeply appreciated that she did not leave a lot of loose ends. She did tie the pieces together and let the reader see the full picture. All in all, a great read.
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sbecon | 2 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2010 |


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