In her latest novel, “Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate,” legendary feminist writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin deftly and knowledgeably tackles many themes and tensions confronting Jews in America today.
The issues of assimilation vs. tradition and Jewish continuity weigh heavily on Zach Levy, the central character in the book. What is worth continuing, and at what price? How do we fulfill our obligations to the past and still find a way forward?
Without wasting a single line, Cottin Pogrebin provides an artfully written, tightly woven novel that is full of questions and thought-provoking dilemmas. The reader is caught up in the journey until the end and even then is intrigued by the possibilities of what is to come.
According to Professor Cantor, from whom Zach seeks answers about intermarriage and Jewish laws of descent: “The magic word is ‘maybe.’ I just love that word. It keeps the door open. ‘Maybe’ can take a person to a whole new place.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin appears at the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, with “Saving Sophie” author Ronald H. Balson.