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Crucifix is stolen from church and found on roof of experimental synagogue located in lower Manhattan, run by idealistic young Jewish couple.Wife's father was survivor of Holocaust, but died before he could recover journals kept in ghetto and hidden.
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Clergyman ,whose church was vandalized and who is giving up his post because of his loss of faigth, finds cross, and falls in love with wife. Husband, who goes to Poland to
retrieve father-in-law's hidden diaries is slain in front of door of old synagogue. Clergyman takes up search, finds diaries, and marries Jewish wife. Clergyman also converts to Judaism.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting discrim. (other than racial/gender)    -   religious issues Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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