Daniel M. Jaffe is a prize-winning fiction writer whose short stories and personal essays have appeared in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, and literary journals in over half a dozen countries. Author of Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living (Lethe Press, 2011), Daniel also wrote the novel The Limits of Pleasure (Bear Bones Books, 2010), a finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award when first published in 2001 (Haworth Press). Also, Daniel compiled and edited With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction (Invisible Cities Press, 2001), and translated Here Comes the Messiah! (Zephyr Press, 2000), a Russian-Israeli novel by Dina Rubina. He teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
His latest book release, The Genealogy of Understanding (Lethe Press, May 2014), is a novel-in-stories in which the narrator explores different ways of adapting Jewish tradition to the modern world. Can the Torah illuminate and guide responses to such contemporary issues as intermarriage, gay marriage, women's equality, infidelity, prejudice, illness, and even murder that threaten to splinter families in his town of Cherryvale, New Jersey?
Each of the novel's 53 stories responds to a particular weekly Torah reading, resulting in a work of fiction that explores Jewish spirituality, ethics, and community values, as well as the nature of human heart, mind, and soul.
Come hear Daniel read from The Genealogy of Understanding at:
UCLA Writers' Program 21st Annual Publication Party
Thursday, June 12th, 7-9:30 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Book signings and refreshments to follow