Barbara Klein-Muskrat Then and Now


stories by Sharon Abron Drache

Print: 978-1-926708-85-0
ePub: 978-1-926708-86-7
PDF: 978-1-771331-05-0
192 Pages
October 01, 2012

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The interrelated stories of this pseudo-memoir introduce readers to Barbara Klein-Muskrat, a successful author of fiction and freelance book reviewer. Spanning some thirty years in her personal and professional life, Barbara irreverently acquaints readers with her challenges related to her schizophrenic literary career, divided between writing fiction and reviewing it. The result is an outrageous satirical romp that calls to mind Philip Roth and Dorothy Parker.

As Nathan Zuckerman faithfully serves as alterego to Philip Roth in his Nathan Zuckerman books, Barbara Klein-Muskrat weaves fictional tales, at times borrowing the colouring and location of memoir. Like Dorothy Parker shouted at the top of her voice, Barabra Klein Muskrat is endowed with a zany, exaggerated theatricality. And yet Barbara Klein-Muskrat remains a unique summation of her own idiosyncrasies, which include fierce loyalty to family and friends, a relentlessly frustrating gullibility, and a stubborn determination to defend at all costs her wacky and unfashionable ethnic and patriotic proclivities.


Sharon Abron Drache has published four books of adult fiction: three collections of short stories, Barbara Klein Muskrat – Then and Now, Inanna Publications and Education Inc. (2012), The Golden Ghetto, Beach Holme (1993), The Mikveh Man, Aya Press (1984) and one novel, Ritual Slaughter, Quarry Press (1989). Ms. Abron Drache has also published two books for children: The Magic Pot (2003), L’Dor Vador Publications, a picturebook (ages 4-8) and The Lubavitchers Are Coming to Second Avenue (2006), L’Dor Vador Publications, a chapter book (ages 9-11). As a literary journalist she has written book reviews and feature articles for national and local newspapers including The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Glebe Report and Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. Sharon Abron Drache’s fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies including Canadian Jewish Stories, Oxford University Press, 1990 and Listening with the Ear of the Human Heart, 2003.


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