Too Jewish—New Ebook Release

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Award winning author, Patty Friedmann’s new novel, Too Jewish, has been released by ebook publisher booksBnimble. Too Jewish marks a departure from Friedmann’s earlier works and is drawn from her own experiences growing up in Uptown New Orleans. Friedmann vividly describes why “This is the book I was born to write”, in the attached video.

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Too Jewish is an emotional look at the story of a family forever shadowed by the Holocaust. Young Bernard Kupik, a young, well-educated German Jew, escapes Europe at the last moment possible. Despite desperate attempts to persuade his widowed mother to leave Germany for the United States, she stays behind and is soon lost to the horrors of World War II.

In the U.S., Bernie meets Letty—a nice Jewish girl from Uptown New Orleans—the two fall in love and marry. But when Bernie marries Letty, he commits not only to Letty, but to her family and to her family’s idea of what it means to be Jewish. Letty is not only Jewish, she is fifth generation New Orleans, and the only child of a wealthy and well-established family. For Letty’s family, assimilation has been long established by the shedding of ethnic specificity—and Bernie is definitely TOO Jewish. Friedmann confronts the impact of survivor’s guilt and the loss of ethnic specificity, as Bernard Kupik becomes Bernie Cooper.

About the Author:

Patty Friedmann is the author of six darkly comic literary novels set in New Orleans. Her novels have been chosen as Discover Great New Writers, Original Voices, and Book Sense 76 selections, and her humor book, Too Smart To Be Rich, was syndicated by the New York Times. She has published reviews, essays, and short stories in Publishers Weekly, Newsweek, Oxford American, Speakeasy, Horn Gallery, Short Story, LA LIT, Brightleaf, New Orleans Review, and in various anthologies. Recently Oxford American listed one of her novels, Secondhand Smoke, with 29 titles that included Gone With the Wind, Deliverance, and A Lesson Before Dying as the greatest Underrated Southern Books. With slight interruptions for education and natural disasters, she always has lived in New Orleans.

Contact for further information:
Julie Smith, Publisher
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julieorleans@cox.net

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