by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Joan Leegant: Strange Pairings

A rabbi whose encounter with a pair of Siamese twins rocks his world and his faith. A father whose life of hard work and devotion is utterly undone by his charming, perfidious son. Three sisters—one Hindu, one Orthodox Jew and one an actress of no particular persuasion (but trying to keep her head above water)—all receive a chance at happiness through the intervention of a loving, unseen hand. These are just some scenarios that play out with humor, grace and a sense of divine mystery hovering just beyond their horizons in Joan Leegant’s much heralded but collection of stories. An Hour in Paradise (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

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