In Curt LeviantÆs wry, funny tales of love and desire set in various localesùthe deep South, Boston, New York, Italy, Israelùthe protagonists are men, women, guys and gals of various backgrounds and ages. Some are teenagers; others are students, writers, salesmen, teachers; thereÆs even a great-grandfather in the mix. We meet Holocaust survivors, a pretty petty thief, a playwright, students on vacation, a Polish gentile woman in love with Jewish history, a non-Jewish Holocaust historian, a book salesman, a Yiddish artist, a synagogue architect, a secretary at Harvard, and other delectable characters.
What unites all these disparate people is the universal desire for love and affectionùsome claw, some snag, others just wait. And some even succeed.
LeviantÆs newest collection stands alongside his substantial oeuvre in the vein of Bellow, Singer, Kafkaùa place theyÆre likely to remain for a long, long time.
Selected praise for Curt LeviantÆs previous work
Diary of an Adulterous Woman
A moral work, an erudite puzzle and a deeply moving demonstration that language has consequences. . . . Here the author shadows the great fiction of Nabokov and Borges. ùReview of Contemporary Fiction
The Yemenite Girl
I enjoyed every turn of the story . . . which is done with great tact, feeling and skill. ùSaul Bellow
Pure pleasure. . . depth, delicacy, fully fleshed characters. . . . as playful as Borges and Thomas Stoppard. ùBoston Globe