By Amos Oz

Seven years after their divorce, Ilana breaks the sour silence with a letter to Alex, a world-renowned authority on fanaticism, begging for aid with their rebellious adolescent son, Boaz. One letter ends up in one other, and so evolves a correspondence among Ilana and Alex, Alex and Michel (Ilana's Moroccan husband), Alex and his Mephistophelian Jerusalem lawyer—a correspondence among father and mother, stepfather and stepson, father and son, each one pleading his or her personal case.

The greedy, lyrical, manipulative, loving Ilana has stirred issues up. Now, her former husband and her current husband became competitors not just for her loyalty yet for her son's in addition.

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Overview of This Guide Organization This guide originated with the syllabus for a class on reading interests taught by Betty Rosenberg in the graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. The manner in which the class was organized derived from an article she had read, written jointly by several recent library school graduates who became public librarians. They lamented that, during their years in college, they became unfamiliar with what the public library patronthe common readerwas reading.

With starkly white covers and simple labels (western, science fiction, romance, or mystery), each volume is marketed as a type. Neither an author nor a title is listed, and each consists of 60 pages. " However, several trends in publishing have emerged that will undoubtedly change the patterns for genre fiction publishing in both paperback and hardcover. There has been a notable increase in hardcover publication of genres, particularly of period romance, fantasy, and science fiction. Original publication of genre books in hardcover has been traditional in Great Britain, with extensive paperback reprinting.

Many of these new leaders are genre fiction titles. All types of genre fiction appeared on the best-seller lists from the beginning, and their history will be found in two now old but still informative and interesting books: James Hart's The Popular Book: A History of America's Literary Taste (Oxford University Press, 1950) and F. L. Mott's Golden Multitudes: The Story of Best Sellers in the United States (Macmillan, 1947). Two recent collections of essays on individual best-sellers highlight that genre titles are memorable and long-lived.

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