Author Arnold D. Pickar Uncovers a Spiritual Journey Wrapped in an Immigrant Tale

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New book follows the flight of one Jewish family to America and chronicles how Abe Roth achieves his American dream as an academic physicist and finds a compatible religious identity

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DATELINE –A Kopek in the Dust (published by iUniverse) is a story of a spiritual journey wrapped in an immigrant tale. This began as an attempt to recreate from author Arnold D. Pickar’s imagination a few incidents from his father’s life early in the 20th century. It took on a life of its own as it became almost entirely a work of fiction and a vehicle to explore the author’s lifelong interest in the intersection of science, culture, and religion.

This book is an odyssey of a physicist who strives to reconcile his commitment to reason, life in America, and the religion of his childhood in a Polish shtetl. Multifaceted, it also has elements of a love story and historical fiction. It introduces Abe Roth, whose life journey moves him from an impoverished childhood in a stagnant nineteenth century Jewish culture in Eastern Europe to a successful academic career in the modern industrial milieu of twentieth century America.

There he meets and marries Rosie Dubrow from an assimilated Jewish family who shares his love of Nature and his desire to find an authentic spiritual path that honors both reason and their Jewish heritage. Their son Jason, as a young Army officer in Europe, helps reconnect Abe to the landscape of his early childhood as it has been shaped by war and various atrocities. His journey does not only revolve around Immigration, but also tackles spiritual re-invention, science and culture and genocide.

A Kopek in the Dust is hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “a thought-provoking, comforting story that will likely inspire readers to ponder their family history, their spiritual beliefs and even the universe.”

About the Author
Arnold D. Pickar is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He has bachelor’s degrees from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has done physics research in several areas, but in his teaching he has devoted efforts to making students aware of the social and cultural significance of science. He and his wife live in Portland where they maintain a keen interest in the out-of-doors.

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