A Skidmore faculty member since 1988, Stern is known for creating colorful characters that mine "the rich terrain of Eastern European Jewry," according to Fernanda Eberstadt of The New York Times (March 20, 2005). Stern's writing offers "a rollicking compendium of myth and historical tidbits, of dybbuks, wonder-working rebbes, and clandestine prayer houses where lapsed Talmud students meditate on the holy letters of God's name until they levitate," she added.
His most recent novel, The Frozen Rabbi (2010, Algonquin
Books), is an "epic novel" that provides "a wildly entertaining
yet deeply thoughtful look at the burdens inherent in handing down traditions
from one generation to the next," according
to the publisher’s web site.
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