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Authors Paula Gold Chalef and Henrietta Isler masterfully capture the drama and tense atmosphere of a community wracked by uncertainty and prejudice in their award-winning novel, On Such Quiet Streets, released through Xlibris, a self-publishing services provider.
Modern western society is supposedly egalitarian. All, regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, and others, are considered equal in dignity in the eyes of the law. While most people generally toe this line, it may only take a small incident for passions to spill over and fingers – and more deadly objects – to point at scapegoats.
In On Such Quiet Streets, a child goes missing around Jewish High Holiday in Templeton, New York – and the incident gives rise to the age-old myth of the blood ritual alleging that Jews use Christian children’s blood in their services. The town is torn apart by acts of violence until the child’s body is found by the combined efforts of the police Sergeant, Bill Dalton, and the Jewish town librarian, Miriam Roth. Based on a true incident, the novel portrays that prejudice often bubbles beneath a veneer of accommodation and acceptance and shows it can happen here.
A brilliant portrayal of a community struggling to come to terms with prejudice and the courageous attempt of principled individuals to know the truth, On Such Quiet Streets puts bigotry on the forefront of social issues. For more information, log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
Paula Gold Chalef, J.D. is a retired lawyer as well as a sociologist. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for many years. Henrietta Isler, Ph.D. is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist who conducted a private practice and taught at several universities including West Point. They are co-authors of the novels On Such Quiet Streets and Green Patches in the Snow – and won first prize for fiction at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference in 1995 for the former novel.
On Such Quiet Streets * by Paula Gold Chalef & Henrietta Isler
Publication Date: August 19, 2008
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 212 pages; 978-1-4363-2789-3
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