Lev Raphael: Author Fiction

Historical Fiction

[cover] Rosedale in Love (2011)

Written in a period voice, Rosedale in Love audaciously revisions Edith Wharton's beloved classic The House of Mirth, offering readers a timeless American story of greed, envy, scandal, love and revenge.

"Lev Raphael has done his homework in this extremely well-written novel, and includes history and current events of the time period that completely immerse the reader in a world of spectacle, ceremony, gossip and intrigue that makes the era, and the characters, come alive."
—Cynthia Darling, indiereader.com

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[cover] Pride and Prejudice: The Jewess and the Gentile (2011)

What happens to pride and what happens to prejudice when Lizzy Bennet's family struggles with being Jewish in a society that looks down on them?  
Find out in this comic, loving mash-up.

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Fiction

[cover] Winter Eyes (St. Martin's Press, 1992; reissued with the "lost" prologue, 2010)

The author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning Dancing on Tisha B'av now offers a haunting, remarkable novel about secrets, silence, and revelations—a tale of the terror of the past that controls and divides an immigrant family, most notably from their American-born son...

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[cover] Secret Anniversaries of the Heart: New and Selected Stories (Leapfrog Press, January 2006)

In a collection that encompasses over twenty-five years of his award-winning stories, Lev Raphael proves himself a visionary like James Baldwin, and shares Anita Brookner's gift for dramatizing the pain of seemingly quiet lives in stories that are both passionate and precise.

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[cover] The German Money (Leapfrog Press, 2003)

Part mystery, part family saga, a new novel in which the problems of a contemporary Jewish family find their roots in the unspeakable secrets of holocaust survivors...

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[cover] Dancing on Tisha B'Av (St. Martin's Press, 1990)

Winner of the 1990 Lambda Literary Award

"His characters are voices of reason, observers rather than judges... The prose is poetic in its simplicity."
—Los Angeles Times

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[cover] Promised Lands (Brandeis University Press, October 2010)

Includes a story about fear, ambivalence and Jewish identity written expressly for the anthology.

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[cover] Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer (Schocken, May 2005)

Includes Lev's autobiographical essay "Writing Something Real" about how he discovered one of the main themes in his fiction, one that would make him a pioneer in Jewish-American literature.

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[cover] Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery and Detective Fiction (Jewish Lights, 2001)

A short story with a second-generation theme by Lev Raphael, "Your Papers, Please," is included in this anthology of Jewish mystery stories.