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The Outsider

(1984)
A novel by

 
 
The New York Times - bestselling author of Spartacus evokes the postwar Jewish-American experience through the story of a compassionate but conflicted rabbi.

After witnessing the inhumanity and devastating suffering of Dachau, chaplain David Hartman returns to post - World War II America seeking meaning and purpose. As a young rabbi, he accepts a post in the sleepy, WASPy Connecticut suburb of Leighton Ridge, where a handful of Jewish families want to build a religious community. Accompanied by his lively wife, Lucy, a self-proclaimed "Jewish atheist," and aided by a kindred spirit in the local Congregational minister, David meets skepticism with sincerity, and poverty with humility and humor - and faces anti-Semitism with quiet courage.

Over the next quarter century, David and his family and congregation weather the social upheavals of McCarthyism, the establishment of Israel's statehood, the trial and execution of the "atom spies," civil rights marches, and Vietnam War protests. David finds both his faith and his marriage tested as he continues to struggle with feeling marginalized as a rabbi and a Jew in American society, haunted by the Holocaust and challenged to respond to the prejudice, inequality, and warmongering he sees locally and nationally.

Capturing a tumultuous time when humanity was rapidly figuring out how to destroy itself and eager to declare God if not dead, then irrelevant, Howard Fast's sweeping historical novel offers an intimately personal portrayal of a rabbi's life - and fearlessly probes questions of personal morality, spiritual identity, and social responsibility that continue to resonate in the twenty-first century.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author's estate.

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Hardback Editions

January 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Outsider
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-340-35995-1 / 978-0-340-35995-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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December 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Outsider (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-8161-3760-9 / 978-0-8161-3760-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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August 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Outsider
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-395-36101-X / 978-0-395-36101-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
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Paperback Editions

August 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Outsider (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-340-38054-3 / 978-0-340-38054-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet Books
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July 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Outsider
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-440-16778-7 / 978-0-440-16778-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Outsider: A Novel
Author(s): Howard Fast
Publisher: Open Road Media
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