Search Results: "Lev Raphael"


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THE DEATH OF A CONSTANT LOVER by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 1999

"In the end, cutting back on the gossip that dominated Let's Get Criminal (1996) and The Edith Wharton Murders (1997) leaves room for the exploration of character that makes this Raphael's strongest book yet."
The worthy staff of the mythical State University of Michigan at Michiganapolis, always glancing back nervously over their shoulders at their colleagues at Ann Arbor, are giving them a run for their money in one important measure: homicide. Read full book review >

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HOT ROCKS by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Raphael's wit is quick as ever, but not even Vlado could tone up this flabby plot."
A trip to the gym proves anything but healthy for a writing professor at a midwestern college. Read full book review >

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TROPIC OF MURDER by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2004

"Raphael's wit is sharp as ever, though his complicated plot yields a solution far too pedestrian for its build-up."
English prof Nick Hoffman takes a break from his academic woes—but not from sleuthing—when a Club Med getaway turns lethal. Read full book review >

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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE by Lev Raphael
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"All complication and scant resolution: Raphael's latest is really just the first installment in an overlong, paranoid conspiracy theory."
Things have gone from bad to worse for Nick Hoffman (Little Miss Evil, 1999, etc.), assistant professor in that bastion of obscurity, the State University of Michigan. Read full book review >

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WRITING A JEWISH LIFE by Lev Raphael
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An important writer with nothing new to say."
After traversing many different genres, from literary fiction (Dancing on Tisha B'Av, 1990) to academic mysteries (the Nick Hoffman series) and critical essays (Journeys and Arrivals, 1996), Raphael returns to nonfiction, drawing together 12 pieces about being a gay, Jewish writer. Read full book review >

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WINTER EYES by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The whole never coheres, so we have to settle for a sometimes touching but mostly tedious narrative that promises more than it delivers."
Raphael's second book (Dancing on Tisha B'av, 1990)—a gay coming-of-age novel about a boy whose Jewish parents separate—is a competent account that becomes programmatic and tiresome, calling upon the Holocaust and the Sixties to spice up an all-too- predictable plot. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2009

"A cleansing, passionate memoir."
Novelist and memoirist Raphael (Hot Rocks, 2007, etc.), contemplates with stark honesty his changing attitude toward the nation that persecuted his parents. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2006

"Concerned ultimately with the struggle for love both human and divine, these are searing stories."
Offering heartfelt, often painful evocations of Jewish and gay identity, this collection is a bittersweet rendering of a complex culture. Read full book review >

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THE GERMAN MONEY by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A constricted tale of unresolved mourning only partly redeemed by the clever twist Raphael (Burning Down the House, 2001, etc.) saves for the end."
A fictional take on Raphael's chronicles of the lives of Holocaust survivors' children. Read full book review >

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THE EDITH WHARTON MURDERS by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1997

"Except for the murders, the conference turns out pretty well."
As if the State University of Michigan weren't already full enough of misfits and malcontents, a conference on Edith Wharton promises to pipe more in from across the country. Read full book review >

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LET'S GET CRIMINAL by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"As if to justify one character's sniffy claim that mysteries aren't real literature, Lambda-winner Raphael (Winter Eyes, 1992, etc.) salts this slender puzzle with allusions to Wilde, Cocteau, Henry James, Agatha Christie, and Moonstruck."
The State University of Michigan in Michiganapolis is exactly like your own alma mater. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Worthwhile if you haven't journeyed with Raphael before."
Raphael's ``greatest hits'': This collection of 13 essays offers remixes and reprises of some of his better-known material. Read full book review >