Another Time

Sidney Jacobson, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (327p) ISBN 978-0-312-03286-9
By the author of Streets of Gold , this second novel is an absorbing tale of thwarted desire and driving ambition played out within the social turmoil of Depression-era America. Chronicling the rise of Will Jaffe, a young congressman from New York, the story moves across the country, unfolding a dramatic turn of events that parallels the upheaval of the times. The novel's panoramic sweep encompasses the politics of Washington, the glamour of early Hollywood, the tragedy of the dust bowl and the struggles of organized labor. Set against the historical backdrop of the New Deal, and peopled with such real-life figures as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Louis Howe, the plot moves quickly, as the main characters are hounded by destructive passions. Early on, Will loses his wife in a tragic accident and agrees to an arranged marriage designed to hide an illicit affair that could ruin his political career. Frieda, his new wife, soon discovers ways to use her knowledge for her own gain; and Vera, Jaffe's true love (and former mother-in-law) makes a pathetic attempt to regain her youthful beauty. Jaffe's brother, Noah, an ardent communist organizer, travels the country engaged in labor struggles; and Will himself is the target of anti-Semitism. With the drama and action of a TV mini-series, and the novelty of its May-December romance, the novel may have commercial potential. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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