The Temporary Life

Short Stories

by Eric Wasserman

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Most Jewish-American fiction is centered on Jews from New York City or New Jersey or Boston whose parents all retire to Florida. Wasserman examines the diverse west coast experiences of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and especially Los Angeles, all having their own unique Jewish-American sensibility and quirkiness. Written early in his career, the stories reflect a young writer who was very hungry to make his mark. The stories all have a youthful immediacy and energy. This edition of The Temporary Life has a new forward written by the author and includes a book group guide.

About the Author

Eric Wasserman’s work has appeared widely. A Dutch translation of The Temporary Life has recently been released. In addition to the collection, he is also the author of a novel, Celluloid Strangers. He is an Associate Professor of English at The University of Akron where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film studies. You can learn more about him at

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Jewish-American Fiction; American West Coast; Seattle; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Family; Religion