ELEANOR WIDMER, who lives in La Jolla, California, is a noted restaurant critic in the San Diego area. She has a Ph.D. in English literature, and has also worked in advertising and taught literature and history. This is her first novel.
"Poignant snapshots of a long-lost era and place: Widmer died last year at the age of 80."
Posthumous first novel offers pungent, nostalgic vignettes of Jewish life on Manhattan's Lower East Side over the early course of the 20th century.
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