Steve Stern

Steve Stern's The Wedding Jester.

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That The Wedding Jester begins with a mystical rabbi tethered to the earth, like a kite, and ends with a tale of how the moon is held captive in a room by way of a string is surely no accident--just as Stern's crystal-clear prose teases us out of thought and resonates long after the last (invariably poetic) paragraphs seem over.

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Sanford Pinsker is an emeritus professor of English at Franklin and Marshall College. He writes widely about Jewish literature and culture, and in recent years has been a judge for the Edward Lewis Wallant Prize, the Reform Judaism Prize, and the National Jewish Book Award.