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'“These fine, lean, elegant stories share two traits that are becoming increasingly rare in contemporary short fiction: high intelligence and absolute unpredictability. Like the air conditioner in the story of that title, they fall swiftly, and change the lives of their protagonists, but never in the way one thinks they’re going to. I will find them hard to forget.” —David Leavitt, author of The Indian Clerk “Eileen Pollack possesses a moral intelligence, one which enables her to celebrate the absurd in human situations with gentle, compassionate humor. Her people are morally brave and warm and forgiving in their quests to do some good, and to find meaning, in a fallen world. Eileen is claiming for herself the moral landscape left behind by Bernard Malamud. She is ‘listening to God with her own ears,’ and is giving us beautifully crafted stories based on what she has learned. The Rabbi in the Attic is the remarkable first step in what will inevitably become a noteworthy contribution to American literature.” —James Alan McPherson, author of Elbow Room “Eileen Pollack’s The Rabbi in the Attic is a wonderfully rich and thoughtful new collection, laced with wit and tenderness for human follies of all kinds. Readers cannot fail to see themselves in these stories that track today’s stumbling quests for truth, integrity, and purpose.” —Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of Disturbances in the Field “Eileen Pollack is a gifted new writer whose work will make you laugh and think. Don’t miss her splendid book.” —Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties '