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Rudderless Until Redemption

He takes his characters the extra distance.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/rudderless_until_redemption_20020830

"Under Radar" by Michael Tolkin (Atlantic Monthly Press, $23). Recently, I heard Michael Tolkin speak at Temple Beth Am about "Under Radar." Pacing frenetically, he explained that midway through the writing he had stalled and shelved the manuscript. During that time, slipping on his own spiritual path -- parallel to the novel's -- he had ransacked various synagogues for answers and had succeeded only in worrying his wife.

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