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Novel by Bernard Malamud, published in (1957).

Morris Bober, a 60-year-old Jewish owner of a small grocery store in Brooklyn, hoping to sell out before competition, theft, and illness overwhelm him, is instead wounded by robbers. Good fortune comes his way when Frank Alpine, a stranger caught up in the robbery, assists Bober as he recuperates. Alpine is also a threat to Bober and his wife Ida because he falls in love with their daughter Helen but is unsuitable for her since he is not Jewish. When he pilfers from the cash register he is fired, but after Bober's death he returns to work and hopes to win Helen by converting to her faith.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Bernard Malamud (1914—1986) American novelist and short-story writer

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