MY FATHER SITS IN THE DARK by Jerome Weidman

MY FATHER SITS IN THE DARK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Short stories, collected from previous volumes and magazine appearance, totalling some 60-odd, display the many abilities-some weak spots- of this writer. His concern is generally people, how they act -- and sometimes why they do as they do, whether selfishly, kindly, cruelly -- or sadly. Some stem from the war, others come from everyday incidents; marriages play a part as do human failings; a few deal with youngsters; there are stories with a Jewish background and others are preoccupied with prejudices; here and there is a foreign setting. The father who will not let his son get off a pony, the woman who gambles, the man who lives off a woman, the mother who drinks, the refugee who cannot work for Jews, the mother who senses the weather, the success of a marriage broker, the Chinese aboard ship who were not friends, the disaster of a school Christmas party, sending clothes to impoverished Polish relatives, an aging man's thwarted revenge, a boy's delivery of rented tuxedos, the man who saved for a trunk, etc., etc.,- the range is wide, the subjects ably handled, the vitality seldom flags, and for Weidman's followers this will be wholly satisfactory.

Pub Date: June 29th, 1961
Publisher: Random House