by Susan Dworkin

In Heathcliff’s Footsteps

Tamar Yellin comes from England’s North Country, where Heathcliff the sad hero of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, haunts the desolate moors. Her evocative, beautifully written collection, Kafka in Bronteland and Other Stories (The Toby Press, 2006, $14.95) describes some of the Kafka like souls who live in this overcast landscape, exiled from their true selves, imprisoned by torpor and confusion. At its heart, these stories, set in a place where it is not always easy to be a Jew, aim to capture the trials of living in exile. The narrator of the title story, watching the local Muslim kids go off to Koran school, remembers tales of how Jews used to live, and, having missed a sense of Jewish community in her own life, is “filled with nostalgia for something I never had.”

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