Brooklyn, 1947: The war veterans have come home. Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague.
“Snow in August” by Pete Hamill is the story of that unlikely friendship—and of how the neighborhood reacts to it. For Michael, the rabbi opens a window to ancient learning and lore that rival anything in Captain Marvel. For the rabbi, Michael illuminates the everyday mysteries of America, including the strange language of baseball. But like their hero Jackie Robinson, neither can entirely escape from the swirling prejudices of the time. Terrorized by a local gang of antisemitic Irish toughs, Michael and the rabbi are caught in an escalating spiral of hate for which there’s only one way out—a miracle.
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