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Kudos to Pete Rock! Plus, a suggestion for another Northwest Passage feature...
Local public school teacher and prolific author, David Michael Slater, has just released his first adult novel titled, SELFLESS, about a boy named Jon, growing up in a Jewish family rife with what seem like wildly blasphemous religious inconsistencies, arbitrary secular observations and disturbingly hilarious family anticdotes.
Underneath it all, however, Jon's family finds that they are still Jews to the rest of the world, no mater how they try to define themselves.
What with the recent evolving discussions about religious identity (particularly in the Middle East but also in Ireland), culturally religious individuals seem to be attempting to make a distinction in their sense of religion and self from evangelical religious groups. Worth a discussion, I'd say.
Compared to "Portrait of the Artist" by the NY Forward, Slater's SELFLESS is a thoughtful, provacative, page turner.
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