“A Worthy Exploration”: KIRKUS on THE PAWNBROKER

Author: Edward Lewis Wallant

September 1, 2015

“First published in 1961 and a finalist for the National Book Award, the second novel by Wallant (1926-1962) is a close cousin to Bernard Malamud’s The Assistant, another book in which a small shop becomes a flashpoint for violence and a window into Jewish suffering….Wallant’s goal isn’t to explore Sol’s inner despair so much as to reveal the complexities of the larger world by having Sol abrade against it.”

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