Books by Steve Stern

THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture."
"Mischief" is indeed the operative term here, for Stern's characters are subtle, slyly humorous and at times poignant. Read full book review >
THE FROZEN RABBI by Steve Stern
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 11, 2010

"An ethnic novel with universal implications. "
Yes, this is indeed a novel about a frozen rabbi who thaws in the late 20th century after being found by Bernie Karp, of Memphis, Tenn., in his parents' freezer. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL OF FORGETFULNESS by Steve Stern
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 7, 2005

"Some will savor the abundance of period detail and the mordant wit that lace the author's melancholy tale. Others will wish he'd get on with it."
A dying woman hands on an unfinished manuscript to a young student, in a murky, prolix tale by Stern (Plague of Dreamers, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF DREAMERS by Steve Stern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 1994

Another beguiling dispatch from the Pinch—Memphis's Jewish ghetto—in the form of an intricate generational tale preceded by two curtain-raisers. The first story, ``Zelig Rifkin and the Tree of Dreams,'' proceeds exactly as advertised: famed local coward Zelig Rifkin, tormented by the Pinch Gang and forced to climb a humongous tree to retrieve their lost kite, finds that from the height of the tree's branches he can see what everyone in town is dreaming, enter their dreams if he chooses, and puff himself for a few precious weeks into the mensch he's never been. ``Hyman the Magnificent'' presents a dry- goods escapist artist who, unwisely convinced that he's Houdini's spiritual son, fails at ever more dangerous stunts until the predictably paranormal climax. Read full book review >