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A Book of Great Worth

by Dave Margoshes

A Book of Great Worth

A Book of Great Worth

Set largely among the Jewish community of inter-war New York City, this is a beautifully-told collection of scenes from Morgenstern's life. The tricky ground of writing the advice column for a provincial Yiddish daily; successes during, and hard times after, the Depression; a position at the top of his craft as a labour specialist in the New York City Yiddish press – these and many more form a portrait of "a fundamentally decent man in morally perplexing situations".

"I've been working on a series of stories about the character I call "my father" – loosely based on my own father – for about 30 years…I wondered if I could use the character in other situations. [One] story had begun with a spark of truth – a story my father had told many times about a foolish man he'd once known – and the spirit of my father.

"All the stories in the series walk that precarious tightrope between memoir and fiction…"I worked hard, with the stories' structure and a sort of old-fashioned expository style, to make them feel like memoir – like truth."


5" x 8" 264 pages
18.95 CDN; 18.95 USD
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Fiction Paper Adult
Dave Margoshes
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About the Author

Dimensions of an Orchard, the last poetry collection by Dave Margoshes, won the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Prize at the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He's published four other books of poetry and over a dozen other books, including Wiseman's Wager from Coteau Books. His poems have won a number of awards, including the inaugural Stephen Leacock Prize for Poetry, and have appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including twice in the Best Canadian Poetry volumes. His Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories was 2007 Saskatchewan Book of the Year and a ReLit Award finalist. His collection of linked short stories, A Book of Great Worth, also from Coteau, was named one of Amazon.Ca's Top Hundred Books of 2012. One of the stories from that collection was a finalist for the Journey Prize. He lives on a farm near Saskatoon.



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