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Ben Marcus’ story of heartbreak and violence


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/books/article/ben_marcus_story_of_heartbreak_and_violence_20120322

An epidemic that started among the forest-dwelling Jews — “genetic in nature … a problem only for certain people” — is spreading to other communities and threatening to impose an ominous silence upon the world. The culprit is the toxic language of children. This is the ingenious premise of “The Flame Alphabet,” a novel By Ben Marcus (Knopf. $25.95).

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