The year is 1917, America has recently joined the War in Europe.
Fun-loving Frieda is out on the town catching a few minutes downtime from her
tedious job as a "bundle wrapper" in a department store, a job she has taken
relatively recently after fleeing her mother's house to escape marriage to the
deeply unattractive and hairy-eared widower Pinchas Hersch, who is twice her age and
sees marriage to her as a cheap form of childcare for his odious children.
Young and fun-loving she might be, but she's not reckless. She knows just
how far she's prepared to go for a few drinks and the occasional gift, but the
balance changes when she catches sight of Private Felix Morse. A romance
ensues and Frieda, believing this to be the "real thing", allows Felix to go
further than she has been with any other man. As it happens her beau is
not only handsome and...
Beyond the Book
is the author of
the novels Charity Girl
and The Same Embrace
short stories have appeared in Tin House
, the Southern Review
the Kenyon Review
, and Witness
, and have been widely anthologized. Three of
his stories have received "Special Mention" in Pushcart Prize anthologies. He
has also written nonfiction for the New York Times Magazine
, the Washington Post
, the Boston Globe
and many other publications.
Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as an editor for
University Press of New England, where he founded the Hardscrabble Books
imprint, publishing such authors as Chris Bohjalian,...