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Nick Hoffman faces a tenure fight, bizarre attempts at diversity and an overwhelming attraction to a coed while he teaches at the State University of Michigan.
Nick Hoffman has enough troubles with a homophobic administrator and a reception for a disgruntled lesbian writer. Nick is coordinating an Edith Wharton conference which turns into a battleground for two conflicting groups. When the lesbian writer turns up murdered, Nick is fully engaged in finding the killer.
Lev Raphael explores in non-fiction the gay and Jewish identities that have dominated his highly acclaimed fiction for many years. He describes growing up in a secular family, discovering a Jewish community, early sexual exploration, the turning point that came with writing his first autobiographical story, and life with his partner and his partner's sons. The book also reports on gay literature, gays and lesbians in Israel, and the legacy of the Holocaust for both Jews and gays.
Lev Raphael grew up loathing everything German. A son of Holocaust survivors, haunted by his parents' suffering and traumatic losses under Nazi rule, he was certain that Germany was one place in the world he would never visit. Those feelings shaped his Jewish and gay identity, his life, and his career. Then the barriers of a lifetime began to come down, as revealed in this moving memoir. After his mother's death, while researching her war years, Raphael found a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer. What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? Not long after that epochal trip, a German publisher bought several of his books for translation. Raphael was launched on book tours in Germany, discovering not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.
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