Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound: A Novel

by Judith Katz

Paperback, 1992




Firebrand Books (1992), Edition: First Printing, 176 pages


25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION Nadine Pagan's dyke sister Jane wants to find her. Her lover Rose wants to marry her. And her mother Fay wants to forget her. All Nadine wants is to stop the buzzing in her head. Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Soundfollows Nadine's (née Morningstar) adventures as she escapes from her incendiary Jewish family into the lesbian town of New Chelm--and far beyond. This is the novel Isaac Bashevis Singer might have written if he'd been a lesbian with a keen eye for contemporary middle-class assimilation. It's Jewish magical lesbian realism, a good story, and a dynamic piece of writing. Includes an all new introduction by the author Judith Katzis the author of two published novels,The Escape Artist andRunning Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, which won the 1992 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. She teaches cultural studies and literature courses for the University of Minnesota's Center for Jewish Studies.… (more)

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LibraryThing member kwash12
As much as I enjoyed the plot, and even was able to not get lost through the magical realism, the ending was extremely disappointing, enough so that it effected my overall impression of the book. Loose ends are better than ends tied poorly! I would not recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight.


Lambda Literary Award (Nominee — 1992)
Minnesota Book Awards (Finalist — Fiction — 1993)


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