In her newest work, Carl Friedman collects three long stories, each one stylistically distinct, each elaborating on elements of Jewish history and tradition. The title story, "The Gray Lover, " is a timeless tale set in a village in Eastern Europe. It recounts the strange fate of a man well past 100 years old, survivor of pogroms and a world war, whose similarly ancient wife has just died. He finds solace in dreaming encounters with his wife and in the company of an unusual soulmate: a frisky, young donkey. In "Holy Fire, " ...

The Gray Lover: Three Stories 1998, Persea Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780892552320