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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/knockin_on_heavens_door_20030307

"Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95). Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa Miller's debut novel, "Welcome to Heavenly Heights," is a different version of that story, with American Jews making new homes in Israel, reversing the exile. This transition can be more pressure cooker than melting pot, mixing idealism, religion, bureaucracy, family complexities, shifting expectations, love and, never far away, violence.

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