Neugeboren's second novel is the story of Harry Meyers--New York schoolteacher, alienated Jew, aging widower resigned to lonely retirement--and of what happens to him when his uneasy peace is shattered by violence.
It is a taut, powerful story, quick with suspense, and original in approach. Neugeboren captures the brutality, the comic madness, the very texture of existence seething with the West Side's rooming-house ghetto.
Jay Neugeboren is the author of 22 books, including five prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew, 1940, etc.), two prize-winning books of nonfiction (Imagining Robert, Transforming Madness), and four collections of award-winning stories. His stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Black Clock, and Hadassah, and have been reprinted in more than 50 anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. A professor and writer-in-residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mr. Neugeboren has taught at other universities, including Stanford, Indiana, S.U.N.Y. at Old Westbury, and Freiburg (Germany). He now lives and writes in New York City, where he is on the faculty of the Writing Program of the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University.