Two Ways West. By Marc Zimmerman. ISBN: 978-0-915745-30-2 6" x 9" Black & White on Cream paper 170 pages. $19.95
Latino Fiction, Hispanic literature, Sephardic literature, Latino Jewish--Social life and customs--Fiction, Latino Jewish Literature--Travels--Fiction
Published by Floricanto Press
“Zimmerman’s work includes some stories that are …[among] the best that literature can offer.” Antonio Zavala, journalist and author of Pale Yellow Moon.
Two ways, two stories making one. The first text is a Jewish- American tragi-comedy, dealing with the rise and fall of Sam Weisman, a New Jersey restaurant owner whose gambling addiction leads to a break with family members and forces his departure from his hometown and business on a one-way trip to L.A. The second is a coming of age narrative, as Sam’s son Mel takes his own road from New England to L.A. and the San Francisco Bay area, seeking friends and lovers until he finds a way that for him marks and makes all the difference.
Representing countless Jewish-Americans and others who moved from the east coast to California in the 1950s and 60s, this book includes characters, incidents and insights that evoke a past period and project readers to our living present.
Marc Zimmerman’s recent books include Martín and Marvin (LACASA 2016), as well as The Italian Daze, The Short of it All, Lines on the Border, Sandino on the Border, La Dolce Vita on the Northern Side and No Light from Heaven (Floricanto Press 2016-2020). Two Ways West is a work that stands on its own, even as it is part of a series of volumes drawing on memories and imaginings emerging in the course of the author’s journey from birth to his earthly end.