A Story "Mixed with Humor and Hardship": New Review of PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING

March 6, 2015

“The story of Minnie, Manny, Maby, and Sarah is one mixed with humor and hardship, a curious Jewish American immigrant family and how they individually deal with tragedy.”

Read the full review by Jamie Wendt on the Jewish Book Council’s website.

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SHELF AWARENESS on "the Powerful Saga of a Rabbi Turned Businessman's Rise and Spectacular Fall"

March 6, 2015

“If this morally complex saga of one man’s rise and spectacular fall in late 20th century America is typical of the quality of the publisher’s titles, its future is promising.”

Read the full Shelf Awareness review by Harvey Freedenberg online.

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PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING: "Fascinating Account of a Family in Turmoil"

March 5, 2015

In a review for Washington Jewish Week, Aaron Leibel summarizes Alan Cheuse’s Prayers for the Living as a “fascinating account of a family in turmoil” (and reminds the local community of an upcoming reading at Politics & Prose bookstore).

Read the full review online.

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SUSPENSE MAGAZINE Explains Why COMPULSION "Has Stood the Test of Time"

March 4, 2015

“With a Foreword written by Marcia Clark, this re-released classic is an unforgettable, heart-wrenching story of murder.”

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"Replete with beauty and heartbreak": FOREWORD REVIEWS on PRAYERS FOR THE LIVING

February 27, 2015

Prayers for the Living troubles notions of righteousness and forgiveness, madness, and fate, providing no easy answers while still leaving readers feeling edified. Cheuse’s is a challenging and intelligent novel, replete with beauty and heartbreak, and perhaps even containing a measure of redemption.”

Read Michelle Anne Schingler’s complete review for Foreword Reviews online.

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Jewish Year

"Acclaimed roman à clef" that "holds up as a landmark legal thriller": PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on COMPULSION

February 26, 2015

“The horrific murder in 1924 of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb inspired this acclaimed roman à clef, originally published in 1956.”

Read the rest of the review on the Publishers Weekly website.

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Booklist Jewish Year


January 12, 2015

“Cheuse’s complex approach to storytelling via conversations, letters, and prayers is so much bigger than a typical narrative, as is this provocative story.”

Read more from Danise Hoover’s review for Booklist Online.

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"Essential" Reading

December 10, 2014

“Libraries, especially in communities with large Jewish populations, will find this book essential.”

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