When Ed is done with the four questions, he says, “So, essentially, each generation has an obligation to explain our exodus to the next generation-whether they like it or not.” That night in the moaning trundle bed, Ed thinks about the question Miriam raised at the first seder.
The Four Questions Ed is sitting in his mother-in-law Estelle's gleaming kitchen. “Is it coming in on time?” Estelle asks him. Apr, 1996 by Allegra Goodman
Shabbat Pesach. excerpted fromKaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman – for the full story, come to Chevra! Ed is sitting in his mother-in-law Estelle’s gleaming kitchen.
Once again, Allegra Goodman proves herself to be the master of the human psyche. I actually read these stories out of order- years ago, I flipped through "The Four Questions," as it was included in the Norton Anthology of Jewish American literature. I felt confident that I "knew" most of the characters from that Passover seder. Boy was I wrong.
And in a moving story called 'The Four Questions,' about a ritual Passover dinner, a father wonders what he did to make his young daughter so conservative and angry. Goodman's one previous book, a collection titled 'Total Immersion,' appeared nearly eight years ago, in 1989. 'The Family Markowitz' is a revelation, and more than worth the wait."
Goodman's version of sexism is a watered-down form, which so thoroughly permeates out culture that it informs the actions of both men and women without their being aware of it. This makes the novel's ending, in which two women finally see each other as equals, and speak to each other without male intermediaries, all the more powerful.
Allegra Goodman, the author of this week's story, "La Vita Nuova," exchanged e-mails with Cressida Leyshon, a fiction editor at the magazine, about art, writing, and being a person on whom ...
ABSTRACT. Allegra Goodman's fiction revolves around the inevitable collisions between American and Jewish identities. For Goodman's characters, the seductions of American life and the language of contemporary cultural icons eclipse an ever-eroding sense of Jewish history and identity.
Goodman was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Hawaii. The daughter of Lenn and Madeleine Goodman, she was brought up as a Conservative Jew.
Allegra Goodman’s novels include Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary , and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.
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