Sometime during his restless fifteenth year, Bernie Karp discovered in his parents’ food freezer — a white-enameled Kelvinator humming in its corner of the basement rumpus room — an old man frozen in a block of ice…
One of the magical properties of fiction is its ability to inspire emotion. Sometimes it uplifts us, and sometimes it brings tears to our eyes – from laughing too hard. This month’s Lucky 7 batch of e-books celebrate humor in all its glory, but at a price you won’t laugh about – only $1.99 through the end of August. Today we look at one of these books, Steve Stern’s The Frozen Rabbi, the tale of one unsuspecting rabbi’s adventures through space and time.
Award-winning novelist Steve Stern’s exhilarating epic recounts the story of how a nineteenth-century rabbi from a small Polish town ends up in a basement freezer in a suburban Memphis home at the end of the twentieth century. What happens when an impressionable teenage boy inadvertently thaws out the ancient man and brings him back to life is nothing short of miraculous.
Steve Stern, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is the author of several previous novels and novellas. He teaches at Skidmore College in upstate New York.
“Stern elevates his virtuoso storytelling and whirling magical satire to cosmic heights in this lovingly irreverent and revelatory novel of the timeless conflict between the sacred and the profane, and the perpetual search for home and meaning.” - Booklist, starred review