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The Autobiography of God A Novel

Julius Lester

St. Martin's Griffin

0312348487

9780312348489

Trade Paperback

256 Pages

$18.99

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This novel presents the story of Rebecca Nachman, a Rabbi without a synagogue. Having resigned from her dwindling congregation, she now works as a counselor at a small Vermont college, advising students about private matters and offering the "Jewish perspective" at faculty dinner parties. Deeply lonely and on the edge of losing her faith, she comes into possession of a Torah, the last relic of Czechowa, a village of Polish Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. With the Torah, the unquiet spirits of the village dead begin to visit Rebecca. On one visit they leave a manuscript written in Hebrew and titled My Life, an autobiography by God—who, like any eager author, is seeking a sympathetic reader. No one has ever finished reading the manuscript, including Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Maimonides, and Augustine. God thinks Rebecca will. Our heroine's life is further complicated when one of her advisees—a troubled young woman who seemed on the verge of confessing something—is found murdered. As the college struggles to comprehend the tragedy and a police investigation is launched, Rebecca begins reading the manuscript, and so comes to confront the central challenge to her faith in His most troubling and unlikely incarnation.

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The Autobiography of God
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It had arrived.Rebecca placed the receiver in the cradle of the phone as if returning a keenly honed sword to its velvet-lined case. She slumped back in the office chair and stared at the computer screen but her eyes did not see the words of the case file flickering there.It had arrived.When she got home, it would be lying on the front room floor in the early darkness of naked autumn. On any other day she would have come in, placed whatever she was carrying--books from the college library, groceries, the New York Times, the mail--on the long black
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  • Julius Lester

  • Julius Lester is the author of over 30 books for children and adults, for which he has received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor and a Smithsonian Magazine Best Book of the Year Award. His adult books include Lovesong: Becoming a Jew and Do Lord Remember Me. Lester lives in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
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