In his first collection of stories since Fabulous Small Jews,
Joseph Epstein delivers all the pleasures his readers have
come to expect: stories of ordinary men confronting the
moments that define a life, told with the bittersweet humor
and loving irony encompassed in the title of the book.These
fourteen tales map a very particular world-Jews whose lives
are anchored in Chicago-in rich, revealing detail even as
they brim with universal longings: complex love affairs and
unspoken rivalries, family triumphs and private disappointments.
Epstein, who happens to possess a standup comic’s
gift for punch lines (New York Times Book Review), brings
his emphatically grown-up characters to witty, rueful, and
charming life. The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff is a marvelous collection from a master of the short form and one
of the most distinctive writers working in America today.